Women on Probation and Parole: A Feminist Critique of Community Programs and Services

Women on Probation and Parole: A Feminist Critique of Community Programs and Services

Paperback Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law

By (author) Merry Morash

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  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 13mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 11 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, Massachusetts
  • ISBN 10: 1555537200
  • ISBN 13: 9781555537203
  • Illustrations note: , black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 1,193,760

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So far there has been very limited research on the effectiveness of gender-responsive as compared to traditional supervision of women felons on probation and parole. This volume, based on extensive longitudinal, qualitative data from probation and parole officers and from in-depth interviews with the women themselves, fills this gap. Merry Morash has based her study on data from two counties in the same state that differed markedly in their approaches to supervision. Gender Responsive County emphasized identifying and meeting a wide range of needs unique or common to women offenders. Traditional County emphasized compliance with rules and similar treatment for women and men. Within this comparative frame, Morash discusses life issues of women offenders, including dangerous places where they live, relationships with partners and children, and reliance on a mix of criminal and prosocial support networks. She documents change and demonstrates how a dedicated and innovative team of probation and parole officers apply a gender-responsive approach to produce positive outcomes for women addicted to drugs or dependent on destructive and abusive partners.

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MERRY MORASH is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University. She is an American Society of Criminology Fellow and recipient of its Division on Women and Crime Distinguished Scholar award.

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"The text is valuable in that it is the first in-depth comparison between traditional and gender responsive programming for post-incarcerated women. It is an excellent beginning."--Gender & Society