Date of Award

8-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Department

Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Rocco Benedetto

Abstract

While the overall prison population has experienced an unprecedented growth period over the past thirty years, no segment has grown at a faster rate than the female population. Since the majority of female inmates in this country are mothers, it is imperative that the corrections system addresses the unique needs of this subset. This thesis investigates problems women face during the pregnancy period, while in labor and delivery, while their progenies are infants, children and adolescents and reunification issues during the parole period.

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