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Federally Sentenced Women Maximum Security Interview Project: "Not Letting the Time Do You"

Donna McDonagh, Ph.D.
1999

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Executive Summary

Acknowledgements

PART A: OVERVIEW

1 BACKGROUND

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Research Methodology and Data Analysis
1.3 Security Classification

2 STUDY POPULATION BACKGROUND

2.1 Study Population and Population Segments
2.2 Study Population Demographics: Personal
2.3 Study Population Demographics: Offence
2.4 Study Population Demographics: Institutional

PART B: MAXIMUM SECURITY WOMEN OFFENDER PERSPECTIVES

3 WOMEN'S PERCEPTIONS REGARDING MAXIMUM SECURITY CLASSIFICATION

3.1 Understanding of Reasons for Classification
3.2 Acceptance of Their Classification
3.3 Feelings About Being Classified Maximum Security
3.4 Effects of Maximum Security Classification

4 IDENTIFIED NEED AREAS

4.1 Factors Women Identified as Having Led to Their Imprisonment
4.2 Women Identifying Their Own Needs
4.3 CNIA Identified Need Areas (Domains)
4.4 Women's Perceptions of CNIA-Identified Need Areas

5 WOMEN'S GENERAL PERCEPTIONS REGARDING CLASSIFICATION REDUCTION

5.1 Whether Women Want To Be Classified Down
5.2 Perceived Advantages of Being Classified Down
5.3 Women's Understanding of How Security Levels Can Be Reduced

6 SECURITY CLASSIFICATION REDUCTION: GENERAL

6.1 Responsibility for Reducing Security Levels
6.2 Security Classification Review Process
6.3 What Can CSC do to Help Address Reasons Behind Classification
6.4 Identified Obstacles to Security Classification Reduction
6.5 Women's Attempts to Reduce Their Security Classification
6.6 Factors Women Consider as Helpful When Trying to Reduce Their Security Classification
6.7 Factors Women Consider Not Helpful When Trying to Reduce Their Security Classification

7 SECURITY CLASSIFICATION REDUCTION: PROGRAMS

7.1 Role of Programs
7.2 Program Participation: Motivational Issues
7.3 CSC Core Programs
7.4 Miscellaneous Programs and Activities
7.5 Psychology/Counseling Services
7.6 Women's Suggestions Regarding Programs

8 INSTITUTIONAL/STRUCTURAL/ORGANIZATIONAL FACTORS

8.1 Institutional Climate/Culture
8.2 Physical Environment/Accommodation
8.3 Supervision/Surveillance
8.4 Inmate-Staff Interpersonal Relations
8.5 Closer to Home
8.6 MultiDisciplinary Mental Health Approach
8.7 Community Release

PART C: STAFF PERSPECTIVES

9 IDENTIFICATION AND NEEDS OF MAXIMUM SECURITY WOMEN

10 INTERVENTION

11 STAFF NEEDS/ISSUES

PART D: DISCUSSION

References

Appendix A: Interview Guides