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Women and crime: imprisonment issues

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The number of women in Australian prisons has increased significantly over the past decade. Easteal provides a brief profile of the sociodemographic and sentence background of women in prison. She highlights the issues affecting female inmates: illegal drugs; high security prisons and intermingling of security levels; officer prisoner relations; lesbianism and the inmate hierarchy; medical care; counselling; drug withdrawal; suicide and self inflicted injuries; work and education opportunities; family visits; and children. Recommendations for improving prison conditions are outlined.

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Easteal P 1992. Women and crime: imprisonment issues. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 35. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://www.aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi35