ERIC Number: ED435920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Advocating for Women in the Criminal Justice and Addiction Treatment Systems.
Kelly, Karen; Empson, Gwen
Currently, women represent 30 percent of the drug-abusing population but are entering the prison system at a rate two times that of men. How can practitioners meet the pressing needs of offender women in treatment, prisons, and jails through the 1990s and the millennium? The correctional environment poses special advocacy challenges. The role of advocate can no longer be performed by any single entity. As advocates for quality service delivery, counselors and providers of care must collaborate with clients and others advocating for changes in public policy. Advocacy involves clients, their families, and the community. This paper discusses advocacy and empowerment as ways to improve an incarcerated woman's life. Eleven critical issues concerning advocating for change in public policy are listed. Advocates are encouraged to inform the public and legislators about the problems related to addiction treatment for incarcerated women and about appropriate solutions. (Contains 3 references.) (MKA)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Correctional Rehabilitation, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehabilitation, Empowerment, Females
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Chapter 16 in "Advocacy in Counseling: Counselors, Clients, & Community"; see CG 029 604.