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Women Offender Programs and Issues

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Long-Term Federally Sentenced Women: Literature Review


As a whole, the literature provided some sense of the realities of women serving long-term sentences. It has also provided direction into what sort of strategy should and could be applied to best service this population. It is important to acknowledge that in the implementation process for the FSW facilities, steps have already been made to address some of the issues discussed. For example, the Women- Centred Staff Training will incorporate issues faced by FSW serving long-term sentences. An important component of these findings is the suggestions provided by the women themselves ( see Appendix 3) such as the creation of a kit outlining the programs available, and the difficulties experienced by women serving long sentences. These findings also illustrate that programs specifically for assisting FSW coping with a long sentence, and pre-release planning strategies for these women, need to be developed. As well, more information is needed in the area of community support for women on release.