Sexual abuse & drug use path to prison

A topic that is rarely discussed in the Corrections profession, is the importance of the male correctional workers role in women’s prisons. Female offenders have unique treatment needs and a different set of problems than men that may call for correctional treatment and approaches to be tailored. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (2014), incarcerated woman have significantly higher rates of severe substance abuse histories, co-occurring mental health disorders, and high rates of past treatment for both. In addition, 50 percent of female offenders have experienced physical or sexual abuse and are more likely than men to be victims of domestic violence. Many female offenders have suffered trauma at the hands of the men they once trusted which can cause chemical and structural changes in the brain and can affect future reactions along with the ability to respond to interventions (American Jail Association, 2015).

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