Women in corrections: A call to social work
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2004
Australian Social Work
Volume 57, Issue 4, pages 331–342, December 2004
How to Cite
Agllias, K. (2004), Women in corrections: A call to social work. Australian Social Work, 57: 331–342. doi: 10.1111/j.0312-407X.2004.00163.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2004
- Article accepted for publication July 2004.
- social work;
As governments continue to spend more money on law enforcement and prison construction, social workers will be increasingly faced with clients who have connections with the criminal justice and correctional systems. Despite the increasing numbers of women entering the criminal justice system, they continue to be one of the most marginalised groups in Australian society. This article reviews the social work literature concerning this population and proceeds to argue that social work has a significant role to play with women in corrections. Using a conceptual model based on an ecological systems framework, the author examines the mutuality of various social work practice principles at different levels of intervention and the roles that social workers may engage in to enhance the lives of women in corrections.