Women’s Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings

  • Joan E. Zweben
Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL, volume 11)


This chapter looks at issues specific to women involved with the criminal justice system, examining characteristics that give rise to their distinctive needs. Factors are described that lead women into criminal behavior, as well as those that offer a pathway to a prosocial and productive life style. Treatment elements that have been shown to be important for women in general and those in criminal justice settings are discussed. The chapter offers guidelines for examining the evidence base and implementing evidence-based principles and practices successfully. Finally, recommendations are offered for improving treatment for women at this point in time.


Women Gender-responsive treatment Substance abuse treatment Criminal justice 


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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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