ERIC Number: ED221279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Women, Families, and Prison.
Durham, Marian B.; And Others
Services to imprisoned women under the age of 21 and the effects of incarceration on inmate mothers and their children are the two major subjects discussed in this report of a study conducted at the two state prison facilities for women in North Carolina. Information on these topics was obtained through site visits, interviews with staff and inmates, reviews of inmates' educational files, inmate statistical profiles, and a questionnaire. In part 1 of the report, educational, vocational, and psychological services, as well as recreation programs at the two facilities, are described. Conditions at the prisons are briefly compared, descriptive statistics on the inmate populations are provided, and elements of orientation and release programs are traced. Based on inmates' responses to the survey questionnaire, part 2 of the report provides descriptive data about the women and their children, giving an overview of programs at correctional facilities in other states which allow inmates greater contact with their children. Alternatives to incarceration are proposed. Among several recommendations offered are the suggestions that the current visiting schedule, which is totally unacceptable, be changed immediately and that reasonable alternatives to incarceration for women not a danger to society be developed. Related material, including the questionnaire filled in with frequency data, is appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Governor's Advocacy Council on Children and Youth, Raleigh, NC.
Identifiers: North Carolina; Prison Reform