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Gender, Psychology, and JusticeThe Mental Health of Women and Girls in the Legal System$
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Corinne C. Datchi and Julie R. Ancis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479819850

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.001.0001

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Women, Incarceration, and Reentry

Women, Incarceration, and Reentry

The Revolving Door of Prisons

Chapter:
(p.127) 5 Women, Incarceration, and Reentry
Source:
Gender, Psychology, and Justice
Author(s):

Elizabeth A. Lilliott

Elise M. Trott

Nicole C. Kellett

Amy E. Green

Cathleen E. Willging

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.003.0006

Before, during, and after incarceration, rural women prisoners experience significant challenges that are exacerbated by harmful stereotypes about their criminalized behavior and seeming inability to make “good choices.” These stereotypes commonly abound within healthcare and corrections systems and in rural communities. In rural areas, high rates of poverty, mental distress, and substance use are compounded by the disintegration of community health resources. This chapter describes women’s experiences within and outside of a New Mexico prison and points to the layered oppressions that endanger their physical and mental health and foreclose possibilities for a successful reentry within rural contexts. This chapter proposes a social justice approach to treatment and rehabilitation that encourages helping professionals to attend to the manifold effects of structural inequities, trauma, and substance-use problems of incarcerated women.

Keywords:   reentry, incarceration, rural, women prisoners, trauma, substance use, prison

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