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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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Intersections of Inequality with Correctional Staff

Intersections of Inequality with Correctional Staff

Chapter:
(p.135) 6 Intersections of Inequality with Correctional Staff
Source:
In Search of Safety
Author(s):

Barbara Owen

James Wells

Joycelyn Pollock

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288713.003.0006

Chapter 6 expands on the consequences of the obvious inequality between correctional worker and prisoner. Much of this inequality is routinely expressed in disrespectful and derogatory comments made by staff about women prisoners. Narrative and survey data is used to describe how staff sexual harassment, misconduct, and physical violence are relatively rare, but are a serious concern to most members of the women’s prison community. The problem of staff sexual misconduct is not one of magnitude. Rather, the fact that any number of staff employed to provide care and custody of women prisoners harm women through sexually-based actions should be troubling to all of us.

Keywords:   Inequality with staff, Staff power, Staff disrespect, Staff sexual misconduct

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