Impacts of Conviction and Imprisonment for Women

Authored by: Miriam Northcutt Bohmert , Matthew Galasso , Jennifer Cobbina

Handbook on the Consequences of Sentencing and Punishment Decisions

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138608931
eBook ISBN: 9780429466380
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In this chapter, we summarize what is known about the collateral consequences women encounter after felony convictions and incarcerations including: increased difficulty obtaining employment, housing, or social services due to their felony record; problems reunifying with children; as well as returning to disadvantaged neighborhoods. Throughout, we summarize the balance of empirical research, as well as present new empirical work on the collateral consequences for women who have been convicted or incarcerated. Finally, we highlight recent and/or promising advances in theory and policy.

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