The Pandemic Gender Gap Behind Bars: Meeting the Needs of Women in Custody During COVID-19 and Planning for the Future

dc.creatorWelch, Alycia
dc.creatorDeitch, Michele
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-24T01:27:12Z
dc.date.available2021-04-24T01:27:12Z
dc.date.issued2021-11
dc.description.abstractThis report examines the distinct harms that women in custody experience during incarceration and highlights the ways in which correctional agencies’ COVID-19 restrictions have been exacerbating those harms. Even before the pandemic, women were overlooked in correctional facilities that were not designed for them and that are not administered with them in mind. The vast majority of incarcerated women have experienced trauma, have unaddressed behavioral and physical health challenges, are single mothers, and are from low-income communities of color. These factors make them especially vulnerable to the impact of measures implemented by prisons and jails to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, such as suspension of visitation and programming, restrictions on volunteers entering the facility, lockdowns, and the use of medical isolation. Drawing on research about best practices for working with incarcerated women, the report recommends a set of gender-responsive approaches to COVID precautions in corrections facilities that would simultaneously strengthen public health and improve outcomes for women, their families, and communities.en_US
dc.description.departmentLBJ School of Public Affairsen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/85440
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/12404
dc.relation.ispartofLBJ School of Public Affairs Researchen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/
dc.subjectCOVIDen_US
dc.subjectWomenen_US
dc.subjectCorrectionsen_US
dc.subjectOversighten_US
dc.subjectJailsen_US
dc.subjectPrisonsen_US
dc.titleThe Pandemic Gender Gap Behind Bars: Meeting the Needs of Women in Custody During COVID-19 and Planning for the Futureen_US
dc.typeTechnical reporten_US

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