Men and Women as Prisoners and Soldiers

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Men and Women as Prisoners and Soldiers SOC 216 Dr. Stephanie J. Nawyn November 25, 2009 Increase in number of women prisoners Women’s incarceration increased at higher rate than men’s - increase started in late 1980s with “war on drugs” - more women given prison time, longer sentences under mandatory sentencing laws - women tend to have peripheral role in drug trafficking, less information to exchange for lighter sentences - women used for organized crime activity because police less suspicious of them Women prisoners have gender-specific issues - Pregnancy and childbirth requires different health services than for male prisoners - More likely to be incarcerated far from home, making family visits difficult - Have limited access to abortion services - More likely to be raped, sexually abused by male prison staff Men still more likely to be incarcerated Three theories explaining why men are more likely to be in prison (know these from the textbook) - masculinity theory - opportunity theory
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.

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