The number of women prisoners has been growing rapidly during recent years and in many places has more than doubled in the past decade, significantly outstripping increases in the number of male prisoners and with particular consequences for minority ethnic, black and aboriginal women, who constitute disproportionate levels of prison populations in many countries including Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia. What Works with Women Offenders provides a comprehensive analysis of the issues relating to work with women offenders. Chapters are written by academics and professionals with a high degree of expertise in their specific field, and its practical focus is designed to make it relevant to those working with women offenders. Imprisoning women offenders does not solve the problems that underlie the involvement of women in the criminal justice system, and a particular concern of this book is to identify and develop alternative responses that offer appropriate support and intervention to address womens underlying problems and reduce re-offending. The increase in womens imprisonment is very much an international phenomenon, and the book also aims to share knowledge and experiences from different jurisdictions to be shared more widely, and for the lessons learnt from good practice to be more widely disseminated.

chapter 1|22 pages

The nature of female offending

ByGill McIvor

chapter 3|21 pages

Sentencing and gender

ByLoraine Gelsthorpe

chapter 4|30 pages

Risks and needs: factors that predict women’s incarceration and inform service planning

ByMargaret Severson, Marianne Berry, Judy L. Postmus

chapter 6|14 pages

Offending behaviour programmes for women offenders

BySue Pearce

chapter 7|18 pages

Parole and probation

ByChris Trotter

chapter 8|40 pages

Responding to mental health needs of women offenders

ByJim Ogloff, Christine Tye

chapter 9|32 pages

Responding to the health needs of female offenders

ByAngela M. Wolf, Fabiana Silva, Kelly E. Knight, Shabnam Javdani

chapter 10|26 pages

Women prisoners and their children

ByRosemary Sheehan, Catherine Flynn

chapter 11|22 pages

Barriers to employment, training and education in prison and beyond: a peer-led solution

ByCaroline O’Keeffe, Paul Senior and Valerie Monti-Holland

chapter 12|17 pages

Employment: offending and reintegration

ByTracie McPherson

chapter 13|21 pages

Housing and support after prison

BySally Malin

chapter 14|11 pages

What does work for women offenders?

ByRosemary Sheehan, Gill McIvor, Chris Trotter