Here's to Your Health...Or Not: Women Prisoners' Health Care Needs

Barbara H. Zaitzow, Appalachian State University

In the last decade, both the number of female inmates and the average length of their sentences have increased dramatically. A by-product of the recent "confinement era" within criminal justice is the influx of ill and generally unhealthy female offenders into this nation's correctional institutions. As women in prison have different treatment needs and problems than ther male counterparts, there is a need for gender-appropriate programs. The impact of such inmates on correctional health care services represents a potentially critical issue confronting correctional managers and correctional health service administrators. This paper highlights the need for correctional policy to address the health care needs of women prisoners.

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Updated 05/20/2006