Good practice in women’s prisons: A literature review

Abstract

Good prison practices are essential for the wellbeing of prisoners and the wider community. Not only do they provide assistance to one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups within society, but they also benefit the wider community by providing adequate support and services to a group of people who will ultimately return to the community. The purposes of incarceration not only include retribution, punishment, deterrence and incapacitation, but also rehabilitation. In order for a prison to achieve this, it is essential to have prison practice models that support reintegration, facilitate personal development and reduce recidivism rates.

In this paper, the literature concerning examples of
good practice in women’s prison systems in Australia
is reviewed. Key international developments are also
considered, although it is acknowledged that the
potential for transfer of such models may at times
be limited.