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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Women, resettlement and desistance
Author(s): McIvor, Gill
Trotter, Chris
Sheehan, Rosemary
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Keywords: desistance
exclusion/social exclusion
Female offenders Rehabilitation
Female offenders Effect of imprisonment on
Women prisoners
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Date Deposited: 8-Jan-2010
Citation: McIvor G, Trotter C & Sheehan R (2009) Women, resettlement and desistance. Probation Journal, 56 (4), pp. 347-361.
Abstract: With the numbers of women imprisoned increasing across Western jurisdictions over the last 15 or so years, so too have the numbers of women returning to the community following a period in custody. Despite increasing policy attention in the UK and elsewhere to prisoner resettlement, women’s experiences on release from prison have received limited empirical and policy attention. Drawing upon interviews with women leaving prison in Victoria, Australia, this article discusses the resettlement challenges faced by the women and highlights their similarity to the experiences of women leaving prison in other jurisdictions. Women had mixed (and predominantly negative) experiences and views of accessing services and supports following release, though experiences of parole supervision by community corrections officers were often positive, especially if women felt valued and supported by workers who demonstrated genuine concern. Analysis of factors associated with further offending and with desistance, points to the critical role of flexible, tailored and women-centred post-release support building, and, where possible, upon relationships established with women while they are still in prison.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0264550509346515
Rights: Published in Probation Journal. Copyright: Sage.; The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Probation Journal, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp. 347 - 361, 2009, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2009 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Probation Journal page: on SAGE Journals Online:

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