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ERIC Number: ED538337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 164
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-7472-7
Alternative Prison-Based Educational Programs for Women: A Phenomenological Inquiry of Girl Scouts beyond Bars in a Central Midwestern State
Goepferich, Nellie E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Correctional programs that respond to female offenders with young to school-aged children are growing in number. Girl Scouts Beyond Bars is one of these programs. Research and evaluation of female-specific programs in corrections is limited. This study examined the experiences and individual perceptions of female offenders while participating in a Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program (GSBB). This qualitative study attempted to provide meaningful responses to the following questions: (a) how do female offenders characterize their experiences as they participate in the prison-based visitation program, and (b) in what way do their experiences influence them in the part of mother and role model after confinement? The research found that women predominantly characterized their experiences in the GSBB program as positive, and recommendations towards improvement for future programs were addressed. The study further illuminates the need for female specific programs, alternative sanctions for females who commit nonviolent offenses, and public policy amendments that address issues of female offenders who are the primary custodians of their children upon incarceration. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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