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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Queensland University of Technology 2202-8005 The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes critical research about challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world.  The Journal is committed to democratising quality knowledge production and dissemination. Authors retain copyright and articles are licenced via Creative Commons to make published articles more readily available and useable. There are no APCs (Article Processing Charges). Authors can submit and publish at no cost.
International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 9 1

Enhancing Female Prisoners’ Access to Education


The rate of female incarceration continues to surge, resulting in over 714,000 women currently being held behind bars worldwide. Females generally enter carceral facilities with low educational profiles, and educational programming inside is rarely a high priority. Access to education is a proven contributor to women’s social and economic empowerment and can minimise some of the obstacles they encounter after being released from custody. Support for the intellectual potential of incarcerated female ‘students’ can address intersecting inequalities that impede access to social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure.  Policymakers, academics and activists concerned with gender equality must begin by focusing on academic and vocational program development for female prisoners, built through strong community partnerships, and inclusive of trauma informed supports.

Pages:139 to 149
Section: Articles
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Author Biography

St. John's University
United States United States

Judith Ryder directs the Criminology & Justice Masters program, Sociology & Anthropology Department, St. John’s University (New York City). She is also founder and director of the university’s Inside-Out Project, in which incarcerated and free students study together as peers. Her scholarship focuses on female delinquency and social control, trauma and violence, and the social construction of substance abuse. Dr. Ryder is a member of the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women and Crime and is currently conducting research on families and violence in the United Kingdom. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (University of Glasgow) and at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), International Faculty Development program on women, tradition, and revolution in the Arab world (Amman, Jordan).