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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 9 1

Who is Transitioning out of Prison? Characterising Female Offenders and Their Needs in Chile

Abstract

The last decades’ increase in female incarceration has translated into an increasing number of women being released from prison. Understanding their characteristics and criminal trajectories can enlighten us regarding the different needs of women upon re-entering society after incarceration. Drawing on data from the Reinserción, Desistimiento y Reincidencia en Mujeres Privadas de Libertad en Chile study, this article identifies different profiles among a cohort of 225 women who were released from prison in Santiago, Chile, and demonstrates that significant heterogeneity exists among them in terms of their criminal trajectories and the intervention needs to support their transition out of prison.

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Pages:112 to 125
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Author Biographies

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Chile Chile

Pilar Larroulet is a Ph.D. candidate in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland-College Park, and a Lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her research focuses on developmental criminology, intergenerational continuity in antisocial behavior, reentry and the experience and consequences of incarceration.

Centro Justicia y Sociedad, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Chile Chile

Catalina is the Executive Director of the Centre for Studies on Justice and Society at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Catalina holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Valparaíso and an MPhil and a PhD(c) in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests are youth crime, desistance from crime, gender and re-entry.

Centro Justicia y Sociedad, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Chile Chile

Paloma Del Villar is a researcher at the Centro de Estudios Justicia y Sociedad at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is an MA in Sociology and MA in Development Studies. Her research focuses on hidden populations such as cocaine base paste users and people in conflict with the legal systems, with a focus on mental health issues and social integration.

University of Wisconsin-Madison
United States United States

Sebastian Daza is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on how socioeconomic mobility affects health and mortality, the consequences of incarceration for health, reentry experiences of women just released from prison, and social networks.

Centro Justicia y Sociedad, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Chile Chile

Ana Figuera is a researcher at the Centro de Estudios Justicia y Sociedad at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is interested in issues related to incarceration, violence, and re-entry.

Centro Justicia y Sociedad, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Chile Chile

Victoria Osorio holds a BA in Sociology. She is currently working as an assistant researcher at the Centro de Estudios Justicia y Sociedad at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is interested in issues related to incarceration, gender, and reentry.