The Treatment Of Female Prisoners

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It is undeniable that female prisoners require a different form of custodial treatment in comparison to male prisoners. Female prisoners accounted for 4.6% of the prison population in June 2013, which is the lowest monthly female prisoner rate since January 1998 (Ministry of Justice, 2013). There are numerous factors which both men and women face while in prison such as being separated from family and children, and the possibility of suffering from drug addictions, however, female prisoners require additional care in regards to their mental, physical, and medical needs (Loucks, 2004). The most common factor where women are not being recognized as needing additional care is during pregnancy; a gender specific factor which men do not need to worry about. Environmentally speaking, prison is an extremely difficult place for a woman to be pregnant because they require such specialized attention in areas such as diet, exercise, and medical care. For example, it may be difficult for pregnant prisoners to have access to additional food and extra baths or showers. Mental health is another factor where female prisoners require specialized care considering mental health problems are more commonly found in female prisoners. Additionally, women may need therapy designed specifically for them, especially in cases where women worry extensively about their children and what might happen to them without a mother figure in their lives. It is suggested that this can bring on more serious
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