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Female Offender Services

Correctional systems must develop service delivery systems for accused and adjudicated female offenders that are compatible to those provided to males. Additional services must also be provided to meet the unique needs of the female offender population.

Policy Statement:

Correctional systems must be guided by the principle of parity. Female offenders must receive the equivalent range of services available to other offenders, including opportunities for individualized programming and services that recognize the unique needs of this population. The services should:

A. Assure access to a range of alternatives to incarceration, including pre-trial and post trial diversion, probation, restitution, treatment for substance abuse, halfway houses, and parole services;

B. Provide acceptable conditions of confinement, including appropriately trained staff and sound operating procedures that address this population's needs in such areas as clothing, personal property, hygiene, exercise, recreation, and visitations with children and family;

C. Provide access to a full range of work and programs designed to expand economic and social roles of women, with emphasis on education; career counseling and exploration of non-traditional vocational training; relevant life skills, including parenting and social and economic assertiveness, and pre-release and work/education release programs;

D. Facilitate the maintenance and strengthening of family ties, particularly those between parent and child;

E. Deliver appropriate programs and services, including medical, dental, and mental health programs, services to pregnant women, substance abuse programs, child and family services, and provide access to legal services, and

F. Provide access to release programs that include aid in achieving economic stability and the development of supportive family relationships.
Last Updated: 02/03/2010 10:35 PM
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