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Women in prison

Women in prison represent a particularly marginalized group, with a high incidence of mental, social and substance abuse problems. Because women usually make up a very small proportion of inmates in prisons, their particular challenges and needs tend to disappear into some background. Although there are many indications that there are many important differences between women and men in prison, the general knowledge of gender-specific factors in this population is very limited. 

The PriSUD project aims to describe women in Norwegian prisons, with a special focus on mortality, the incidence of intoxication and other mental disorders, as well as the prospects for rehabilitation and reintegration into society after serving their sentences.

Publications on the topic

Bukten, Anne, Stavseth, Marianne Riksheim, Skurtveit, Svetlana, Tverdal, Aage, Strang, John, and Clausen, Thomas. "High Risk of Overdose Death Following Release from Prison: Variations in Mortality During a 15 ‐ Year Observation Period." Addiction (2017). https://doi.org/10.1111/add.13803 .

Bukten, Anne, Lund, Ingunn Olea, Kinner, Stuart A., Rognli, Eline Borger, Havnes, Ingrid Amalia, Muller, Ashley Elizabeth, and Stavseth, Marianne Riksheim. "Factors Associated with Drug Use in Prison - Results from the Norwegian Offender Mental Health and Addiction (Norma) Study." Health & Justice 8, no. 1 (2020): 10.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s40352-020-00112-8 .

 

Bay, A; Stavseth, MR; Skurtveit, S, Lund, IO; Clausen, T.

Intoxication and Health situation among inmates in the penal care.

SERAF report, 2/2016 (pdf)