Discuss women in corrections and the historical perspective, conditions for detention of women in the early 19th century as compared to today.
Compare the prison experience of women to the prison experience of men.
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Historically the incarceration of women was an attempt to "tame" them. In the early 1900's these convicted women were thought of as vile creatures because most were imprisoned due to heinous crimes such as filicide, they were thought to be uncontrollable and not candidates for reform. Prison conditions were deplorable and often the women inmates faced abuse at the hands of their captors.
Over the decades conditions for incarcerated women improved just as they did for men, however, many female inmates were still physically and sexually abused by the staff. Women were de-humanized due to the crimes they were guilty of committing.
Thankfully, in the late 1970's and early 1980's prison conditions for women continued to improve and they benefited from more humane treatment. In the current day, some authors argue that women inmates are treated much better than their male counterparts. They receive the niceties of jail life quicker than men and are subject to less stringent prison rules and policies.
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