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In Search of SafetyConfronting Inequality in Women's Imprisonment$
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Barbara Owen, James Wells, and Joycelyn Pollock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288713

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288713.001.0001

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Prison Community, Prison Conditions, and Gendered Harm

Prison Community, Prison Conditions, and Gendered Harm

(p.42) 3 Prison Community, Prison Conditions, and Gendered Harm
In Search of Safety

Barbara Owen

James Wells

Joycelyn Pollock

University of California Press

Chapter 3 examines the prison conditions and the prison community which contribute to women’s fears over safety while confined. Conditions of material scarcity, substandard living quarters, and few program and treatment resources are exacerbated by the crowding that characterizes contemporary corrections. Women have real concerns about cleanliness, disease, and medical care as primary threats to safety. Crowding, a feature of all contemporary prisons, aggravates the injurious impact of these minimal living conditions as they combine to create a context bound by tension and conflict.

Keywords:   prison conditions, prison community, health care, crowding, conflict, violence

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