This book takes a comprehensive look at women in America's prisons, covering the history of women's prisons, crime rates, and sentencing practices. It provides detailed descriptions of prisoner subcultures, programs, management and staff issues, and legal issues of female prisoners, while also expanding beyond U.S. soil to compare women's prisons in other countries.
Pollock (Southwest Texas State U.) examines issues surrounding incarcerated women, focusing on the differences between male and female offenders as well as the need for parity in services and programs. Drawing upon a variety of studies, Pollock calls for correctional programming that is sensitive to the needs of female inmates. Coverage includes topics such as entering and adjusting to prison, inmates as mothers, the prisoner subculture, medical services, legal and administrative issues, and incarcerated women in other countries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)