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Characteristics of Prison Life and Treatment of Incarcerated Women

Vladimira ŽAKMAN-BAN

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The aim of this paper was to identify the characteristics of female
prisoners' penologic treatment in Croatia and to analyze specifics
of this treatment in comparison to the treatment for sentenced
men who were serving their sentences in the maximum-security
prison. The sample consisted of 30 women serving term in the
only penal institution for women in Croatia (Po`ega). In order to
compare the treatment of male and female prison inmates the
sample used consisted of 171 men serving their sentences in the
Lepoglava penal institution. The questionnaire on treatment was
filled in by sentenced persons themselves (self-report method).
The data were processed by means of hi-square test. The
findings have shown that incarcerated women are better adjusted
to prison life, more frequently involved in employment and
education programs as well as in organized leisure activities.
Female prisoners are convinced more strongly than male
prisoners are that experience from prison treatment can be useful
in the outside world. In addition, they have wider networks of
social relations inside and outside of prison. No significant
differences have been established between female and male prisoners concerning participation in the drug abuse treatment
and postpenal situation. Women prisoners have fewer
opportunities in the areas of work and education programs than
male prisoners do, because women in prison have been
provided only with domestic work. More attention should be paid
to the treatment relating to drug abuse. It is worth considering the
adequacy of permissive treatment in womens' prisons, because of
the small number of prisoners, structure of women's criminality
and personal characteristics of female prisoners' population.


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