Women, Drugs and Custody: The Experiences of Women Drug Users in Prison Ebook

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Language: English
Publication Date: July 2008
Pages: 166
File Size: 34619 Kbytes

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The approach of HM Prison Service for England and Wales and the Scottish Prison Service to drug users in prison, focusing on the experiences of women drug users in particular – and looking at items such as: – policies and guidelines, their implementation and effect – the experiences of women drug users in prison in their own words – the views of prison staff who need to ‘care’ for drug users whilst concentrating on security and control – tensions inherent in an increasing prison population with a significant ‘drug user’ element – the priorities and emphasis of current practice – the ‘medicalising’, ‘pathologising’ and ‘criminalizing’ of women drug users, who are seen as ‘sick’, ‘deviant’, ‘depraved’ and ‘degraded’ – the impact of prison regimes on drug users – and vice-versa- the discretionary implementation of policies the stereotyping of drug users – how the social control of women extends into the penal arena. A welcome addition to the expanding literature on drugs and offenders, the book looks at the three separate strands indicated by its title – ‘Women’, ‘Drugs’ and ‘Custody’ – often with their conflicting aims and agendas. It joins a number of other innovative Waterside Press titles touching upon like issues – to show how drugs present doubly complex problems in an environment where security and control take priority. Reviews ‘This book gave me – an average person – an insight into the drugs scene that left a lasting impression of people who have priorities and problems I know little about . . . Especially illuminating are the words of the women themselves’: Wendy Hillary, The Magistrate


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Women, Drugs and Custody: The Experiences of Women Drug Users in Prison