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Title: Inside the revolving door : a study of the repeat short-term imprisonment of women at HMP New Hall
Author: Carr, Lucy Jayne
ISNI:       0000 0004 5919 1999
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis empirically explores the experiences of adult women repeatedly serving custodial sentences of less than twelve months at HMP New Hall, a closed female prison located in West Yorkshire, in the North of England. Despite accounting for only a small proportion of the entire prison population, and largely received short-term sentences for minor offences, women offenders have high rates of reoffending and often only a short time after release at a large economic cost. The continued use of short-term imprisonment for non-violent women remains a controversial issue. The thesis 'unlocks' the narratives of twenty women prisoners' experiences of repeated short-term imprisonment through in-depth semi-structured interviews. These interviews were supplemented with periods of participatory observation at HMP New Hall and a series of three focus groups with individuals who work with the short-term prisoner population. The empirical research in this study was developed with a view to understanding the nature and dynamics of prison life for this population of prisoners, previous experiences of release from custody and the problems they faced which led to their re-imprisonment. Key findings from the research suggest that for many women who are repeatedly imprisoned for less than twelve months, a combination of complex, interlinked issues create barriers for exiting the cycle of repeat imprisonment. The thesis concludes that short-term imprisonment for non-violent women is largely ineffective. Imprisonment used as a last resort for women who fail to respond to community penalties must be able to provide a suitable, gender-specific regime that takes into account the shortness of women's sentences and that can assess, prioritise and address the women's needs in a way that will help them lead useful, law abiding lives on release.
Supervisor: Robinson, Gwen ; Farrall, Stephen Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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