From Probation Journal
This comment piece calls for a change in government criminal justice and social policy following the national and international attention to the issues arising from the deaths of women in prison. Currently many mentally ill and vulnerable women are imprisoned in institutions ill-equipped and ill-resourced to deal with their complex needs. The state is failing in its duty of care.
In this comment piece the author examines trends in self-inflicted deaths of women in custody and argues that not only is prison an inappropriate response to the problems faced by these women but that current polices are failing to protect their basic human rights.
Title: Protecting the human rights of vulnerable women: A spotlight on deaths of women in prison
Author: Deborah Coles
From: Probation Journal 2010; 57; 75