ERIC Number: ED233288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Legal Issues of Female Inmates.
Gabel, Katherine; And Others
This report summarizes the results of a 1-year exploratory research project addressing the central question of why women prisoners are less litigious than men. Chapters 1 and 2 present the major research questions, i.e., the legal concerns of women prisoners, resources available to female inmates, and factors related to the availability and use of legal resources, along with a review of the relevant research. Chapter 3 describes the general approach of the study (an exploratory, in-depth study of four prisons (2 all-female; 2-coed) in the Northeast) and defines the research methodology: extensive interviews with commissioners, superintendents, prisoners' attorneys, counselors, law librarians and law clerks, and the inmates; and detailed on-site examination of legal resources in terms of materials and personnel, and the practical circumstances of their availability. Chapter 4 presents the legal needs of female inmates, as ranked by them in six major categories: (1) child custody and family; (2) good time/jail credit; (3) prison programs; (4) appeal and sentencing; (5) disciplinary issues; and (6) detainers and warrants. Prison officials' attitudes to these six issues are also presented. Chapter 5 deals with the legal resources of female inmates, defined as all materials, personnel, and policies facilitating access to the courts. Chapter 6 discusses the availability and actual use of these legal resources including the effects of inmate characteristics, and attitudes and directives of the correctional systems. A final section summarizes the study's findings and provides recommendations. The appendices include the research questionnaires. (WAS)
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Court Litigation, Criminals, Females, Information Needs, Legal Aid, Legal Education, Prison Libraries, Prisoners, Resources
Women in Prison Legal Project, Smith College, School for Social Work, Lilly Hall, Northampton, MA 01063 ($6.00 including postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Corrections (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Smith Coll., Northampton, MA. School for Social Work.