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Justice-Involved Women: Life Experiences and Health Related Issues

Edited by Tomer Einat, Department of Criminology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

The Editors of Health & Justice are seeking submissions for a special issue of the journal exploring the broad 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.
We are interested in publishing 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 behavior(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 behavioral health and other-related services to justice-involved women. 

To submit your article, please visit the Health & Justice submission system, here.

  1. Sex trafficking is a public health and social justice issue that has traditionally been addressed with criminal justice solutions. Because many sex trafficking survivors are incarcerated for crimes related to ...

    Authors: Mekeila C. Cook, Ryan D. Talbert and Breanna Thomas

    Citation: Health & Justice 2021 9:1

    Content type: Research Article

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  2. Women with a history of incarceration are often engaged in highly gendered work, either sex work or low-wage care/service work jobs. While employment is an important element of reentry plans, low-wage jobs may...

    Authors: Sage J. Kim and Caryn Peterson

    Citation: Health & Justice 2020 8:23

    Content type: Research Article

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  3. Drug overdose is the leading cause of death after release from prison, and this risk is significantly higher among women compared to men. Within the first 2 weeks after release, the risk of death from drug ove...

    Authors: Elizabeth Needham Waddell, Robin Baker, Daniel M. Hartung, Christi J. Hildebran, Thuan Nguyen, Deza’Rae M. Collins, Jessica E. Larsen and Erin Stack

    Citation: Health & Justice 2020 8:18

    Content type: Study Protocol

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  4. In response to the dramatic increase in the number of women incarcerated in the United States—and a growing awareness that a small proportion of women enter prison pregnant and have unique health needs—some pr...

    Authors: Virginia Pendleton, Jennifer B. Saunders and Rebecca Shlafer

    Citation: Health & Justice 2020 8:1

    Content type: Research Article

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