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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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Gendered Human Rights and the Search for Safety

Gendered Human Rights and the Search for Safety

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(p.169) 7 Gendered Human Rights and the Search for Safety
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In Search of Safety
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Barbara Owen

James Wells

Joycelyn Pollock

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288713.003.0007

Women’s prisons, because they are unsafe, have become the site of state-sponsored suffering in reproducing and reinforcing multiple forms of inequality in the gendered harm of imprisonment. Using the concept of state-supported suffering, women’s prisons harm women and their life chances in unnecessary ways. Overt gender discrimination in the wider society and within the prison adds another punishing layer to the gendered cumulative disadvantage faced by justice-involved women. A focus on human rights reframes the discussion and directs attention to both reducing women’s imprisonment through non-custodial measures and incorporating a human rights approach based on respect, dignity and non-discrimination within the prison. The promise of the Bangkok Rules and other human rights instruments provide the way forward.

Keywords:   State-sponsored suffering, Gendered harm, Unnecessary suffering, Human rights, The Bangkok Rules

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