ERIC Number: ED469935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Women Prisoners: A Survey of Their Work and Training Experiences in Custody and On Release. Home Office Research Study.
Hamlyn, Becky; Lewis, Darren
Data from two surveys were gathered to inform recommendations on how to increase women prisoners' employability upon release in Great Britain. The first survey focused on 567 inmates' work experience and training prior to and during incarceration, as well as their expectations for life outside prison. About 33% of the women worked immediately before imprisonment. Those who had faced problems in securing employment said the problems were caused by lack of qualifications, criminal record, or childcare dilemmas. Two-fifths considered themselves to possess a work skill and/or an educational or vocational qualification. During confinement almost all the women held at least one job. About half believed their work helped them to develop new skills, although only one-third said it would enable them to find a job upon release. Younger women and those serving longer sentences were more likely to take training or education classes. The majority of prisoners anticipated being unemployed after release and facing personal problems. A post-prison survey of 178 of the original respondents revealed that 37% found work subsequent to release. Personal problems were reported by 90%, with about half stating they had received inadequate support from the prison upon release. The authors concluded there is a need for more help in planning for release, including re-integration, social skills, housing, finding work, arranging benefits, and re-establishing family bonds. (Contains 70 tables.) (AJ)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Correctional Education, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Rehabilitation, Employment Potential, Females, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Job Skills, Postsecondary Education, Prisoners, Recidivism, Reentry Workers, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Unemployment, Work Experience
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Home Office, London (England).
Authoring Institution: British Market Research Bureau International, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)