Guest edited by Prof. Dr. Tomer Einat (Department of Criminology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel)
This thematic series explores the board range of issues of women involved in the justice system, whether incarcerated or in the community. Justice-involved women have more extensive histories of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse than the general population. Childhood and adolescence life experiences affect the various physical, emotional, and mental health deficits that increase sexual risk behaviors, drug addiction, psychiatric disorders, self-harm, and poor employment patterns. Incarceration in jails or prisons and e-incarceration (community correction programs that emulate “prisons without walls”) intensify these harmful effects due to persistent surveillance, suppression of individuality and noted pains of imprisonment and justice-control. Women are a growing number of justice-involved individuals and too little attention has been given to their life experiences.
The series includes empirical papers, systematic reviews, evidence-based policy papers, and research notes that examine the following issues:
- The relationship between abuse and victimization of childhood and adolescence experiences on mental, and physical health, and antisocial and delinquent behaviour(s) during adulthood;
- Studies on improved assessment, screening and treatment of justice-involved women that adequately measure the various mental, emotional or mental health problem in a myriad of justice settings;
- Studies on treatment interventions of women to prepare women to be productive, crime-free citizens
- Evaluation of the organizational and professional difficulties related to the delivery of appropriate and adequate behavioural health and other-related services to justice-involved women