Not All Women Are Mothers: AddressinG the Invisibility of Women Under the Control of the Criminal Justice System Who Do Not Have Children

Venezia Michalsen, Jeanne Flavin

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Abstract

Research has consistently shown that most women under the control of the criminal justice system are mothers. The robustness of this finding has been accompanied by a failure to consider the characteristics and needs of women without children. In this study, we examine data on 1,334 formerly incarcerated women. Findings indicate that while mothers and non-mothers share some characteristics, they differ on several others, most notably demographic profile, mental health, and timing of contacts with the criminal justice system. These results suggest a need to recognize the diversity among women offender groups, particularly when developing policies and programs need.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-346
Number of pages19
JournalThe Prison Journal
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • housing
  • mental health
  • mothers
  • non-mothers
  • women in prison

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