Women offenders

Women offenders

Pet facilitated therapy in correctional institutions

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Correctional Services of Canada, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Women
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Correctional Services of Canada, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Women
Publication Date: 
1998
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Reviews the available literature on the therapeutic and vocational benefits of pet facilitated therapy (PFT) in correctional institutions. Defines PFT, gives a background overview of PFT programs in several types of institutions, offers a discussion on the therapeutic and vocational aspects of pets in institutional settings, as well as explores the various issues involved when implementing PFT programs such as planning, objectives, ethics, and funding. Concludes that PFT programs benefit inmates, the animals, staff, and the citizens in the community.

Profile of incarcerated women offenders: September 1999

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Correctional Services of Canada
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1999
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Ottawa, ON

Profiles incarcerated women by age, marital status, race, offence committed, length of sentence, and previous incarceration in 1999 in table format. Highlighted findings include: 52.3% of this population falls into the younger age category (20-34), approximately two-thirds (65.8%) are single, Caucasian offenders represent over half (57.7%) of the total number of incarcerated women offenders, and a vast majority (85.9%) have not previously been incarcerated on a federal sentence.

Profile of incarcerated women offenders in the community: September 1999

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Correctional Services of Canada
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1999
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Ottawa, ON

Profiles incarcerated women in the community in 1999 by age, marital status, race, offence committed, length of sentence, and previous incarceration. Highlighted findings include: Over two thirds of incarcerated women in the community are single, less than one fifth fall into the younger age group (20-34), approximately 60% of women offenders in the community are Caucasian while 12% are Aboriginal, and 15% identify as Black, less than 12% committed murder (less than 1% committed first degree murder) and 91% had never been previously incarcerated for a federal offence.

Healing the relationship between federally sentenced women and communities: summary

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Church Council on Justice and Corrections
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Correctional Service of Canada
Publication Date: 
1995
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Summarizes the full discussion paper entitled: Healing the relationship between federally sentenced women and communities. Summarizes discussion of the theoretical and philosophical basis for the proposed Community Advocacy model. This model promotes a federal strategy to implement a provincial community-based, pre-sentencing process to promote minimal incarceration for Federally Sentenced Women (FSW) through increased community participation. Concludes with recommendations for the establishment of a National Advisory Committee and resources needed to establish regional voluntary advisory networks.

Healing the relationship between federally sentenced women and communities: a discussion paper

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Church Council on Justice and Corrections
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Correctional Services Canada
Publication Date: 
1995
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Ottawa, ON

Focuses on approaches and strategies for creating a community advocacy network for federally sentenced women (FSW). Discusses the theoretical and philosophical basis for the proposed Community Advocacy model. This model promotes a federal strategy to implement a provincial community-based, pre-sentencing process to promote minimal incarceration for FSW through increased community participation. Concludes with recommendations for further planning and discussion.

Guidelines for parenting skills programs for federally sentenced women

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Correctional Service of Canada
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Correctional Service of Canada
Publication Date: 
1995
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Describes a set of guidelines developed to assist in the development of parenting skills programs for federally sentenced women (FSW). The Guidelines include information on the principles behind FSW programming, contextual information on FSW and their children, philosophy and principles which should guide FSW parenting programming, recommended program content, information on existing programs which match the principles of FSW parenting programming, evaluation issues, and resources. PDF is available.

Federally sentenced women maximum security interview project: “not letting the time do you”

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Donna McDonagh
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1999
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Ottawa, ON

Examines the results of indepth interviews conducted with non-Aboriginal women in maximum security prisons in Canada. Undertaken to help identify interventions necessary to suitably address the issues and needs of maximum security women, and to facilitate the reduction of women's maximum security classification.

Correctional program strategy for federally sentenced women

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Correctional Services of Canada
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1994
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Ottawa, ON

Guide for the development of programs in regional correctional facilities. Describes the overall correctional program strategy for Federally sentenced Women (FSW). Emphasizes that regional programs for FSW should be women-centred, reflect the social realities of women, and respond to the individual needs of each woman. Identifies 5 priniciples that must be present when creating programs and strategies for FSW; these are: empowerment, meaningful and responsible choices, respect and dignity, a supportive environment, and sharing responsiblity for FSW among all levels of corrections. Concludes by recommending regional programs that incorporate these principles.

Creating choices: the report of the task force on federally sentenced women

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Correctional Services of Canada, Task Force on Federally Sentenced Women
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1990
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Examines the correctional management of federally sentenced women from the commencement of sentence to the date of release to develop a plan which will guide and direct the process in a manner that is responsive to the unique and special needs of this group. Focuses on the voices of women prisoners and employs a women centred approach. Concludes by devising a set of principles meant to initiate institutional change. Principles include: empowerment, meaningful and responsible choices, respect and dignity, a supportive environment, and shared responsibility.

Exemplary community programs for federally sentenced women: a literature review

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Mia Dauvergne-Latimer
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Correctional Services of Canada
Publication Date: 
1995
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Reviews literature relating to community programs available to federally sentenced women (FSW) upon release from prison. Examines resources and services across Canada and the United States and identifies exemplary programs available to FSW. Also discusses several research studies which indicate the needs and risks of female offenders and recommend effective programming strategies which promote successful reintegration. Reveals that while the needs and risks of women re-entering society are well known, programming for women remains culturally insensitive, scarce in its availability and accessibility, and formulated primarily to suit the needs of male clientele. Concludes by recommending alternatives to address this.

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