Women Behind Bars
Yes, I've ever thought of this category of special offender. As a criminal justice student, cases of women locked up in correction facilities have always drawn my attention to gather, analyze, and conduct research on issues related to the criminal justice system, including the special offenders.
Yes, I could work with this special offender. Working with women inmates requires particular traits such as the ability to have empathy while maintaining good judgment. Awareness of the criminal justice system supports my belief in working with any category of inmates. Furthermore, the majority of the women as according to the video, are petty offenders and are not posing any danger to any officer.
- Good judgment. Correctional officers need to exploit both their training and common sense to come up with a solution whenever necessary. In order to avoid chaos in the correctional facility, the inmates are called back and can only shout from their rooms when the Fault Lines team arrives.
- Interpersonal skills. According to Oliveira & Mandu (2018), women need recognition, especially if they have low self-esteem. Therefore, effective interaction and communication will make maintaining order in courtrooms and correctional facilities easier.
- Resourcefulness. Correctional officers in women's prisons are likely to encounter unpredictable situations. Possession of skills such as handling traumatized inmates, pregnancy counseling, anger management, parental classes, and sex education might help. In the 'Women Behind Bars' video, there are women seemingly with past drug abuse cases looking depressed, ostensibly receiving no correctional help.
- It's a course expectation. Criminal justice should have comprehensive information before graduating; this includes being aware of special offenders' needs, such as women.
- Societal expectations. As a graduate with criminal justice, it will be equipped with women's special needs just in case duty calls, whether short term or long term.
Oliveira, D., & Mandú, E. N. T. (2018). Women with high-risk pregnancy: Experiences and perceptions of needs and care. Escola Anna Nery Revista de Enfermagem, 19(1), 93-101.
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