1st Edition

Women Prisoners and Health Justice Perspectives, Issues and Advocacy for an International Hidden Population

By Dianne Hatton, Anastasia Fisher Copyright 2009

    Incarceration severely affects the health and wellbeing of women both during their incarceration and following release, further complicating the health disparities they already experience as a consequence of gender, race and social class. The scope of this international problem remains largely hidden from health professionals and policy makers. This book brings the issues into the light, with contributions from leading advocates, criminologists, feminists, nurses, physicians, public health professionals, social workers, sociologists and former prisoners.

    The on-going struggle for ethical ideals: justice and human rights. Social capital: a lens for examining health of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. Challenges incarcerated women face as they return to their communities: findings from life history interviews. Women, health and prisons in Australia. Incarceration of women in Britain: a matter of madness. The importance of gender in US prisons. Prisons are sickening: what do we do about it? Achieving sustainable improvement in the health of women in prisons: the approach of the WHO Health in Prisons Project. Standards for prison healthcare: US and British approaches. Ethics for healthcare providers: codes as guidance for practice in prisons. Advocacy. Teaching and learning for social transformation. Women prisoners and health justice: challenges and recommendations.


    Dianne Hatton, Anastasia Fisher