Women, Drugs and Custody

The Experiences of Women Drug Users in Prison

by Margaret S Malloch

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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.

Review

‘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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Weight460 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 17 mm
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Publisher

Waterside Press

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Pages

166

Publication date

30/06/2001

ISBN

9781872870915

Place of origin

United Kingdom

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9781906534653

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