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'A gender for change'

Carlton, Bree and Russell, Emma 2015, 'A gender for change', Champ pénal, vol. 12, pp. 2-22, doi: 10.4000/champpenal.9103.

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Title 'A gender for change'
Author(s) Carlton, Bree
Russell, EmmaORCID iD for Russell, Emma orcid.org/0000-0002-2643-526X
Journal name Champ pénal
Volume number 12
Start page 2
End page 22
Total pages 21
Publisher [Champ Pénail]
Place of publication [France]
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1777-5272
Keyword(s) penal reform
abolition politics
women and prison
discrimination
anti-prison activism
Summary Women’s imprisonment campaigns gathered momentum in Victoria, Australia from the late 1970s onwards. Advocates and activists, operating from feminist and often prison abolition principles, used direct action, public education, lobbying and legal tools to create pressure for change in the women’s prison system. Campaigns focused on challenging various harmful and dangerous practices and conditions affecting women in prison, including forced sterilization and the use of prescription drugs for control; lack of access to children and family; excessive strip-searching; the punitive transfer of women to men’s high-security prisons and more (Carnaby, 1998; Cerveri et al., 2005; Cotter, 2008; George, 1993, 1995; Hampton, 1993; Hancock, 1982; Hannon, 2006). Whilst some of these practices have ceased over the past few decades, many of the issues persist, albeit in different forms, and new problems have emerged for anti-prison activists. This paper offers a reflection on some of the complexities present in anti-prison activism focused on ameliorating some of the immediate harms imprisoned women face and the necessary negotiations with the penal state.
Language fre
DOI 10.4000/champpenal.9103
Field of Research 160204 Criminological Theories
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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