The large majority of women in prison worldwide do not pose a high security risk. Discipline and order can be maintained with an empathetic attitude, understanding and mediation, rather than punishment, whenever possible, and flexibility in approach. It will not only be successful in maintaining order and discipline more successfully in women’s prisons, but it will also engender a positive atmosphere that protects and promotes mental wellbeing and reduces tension among both staff and prisoners. In fact, it is now generally acknowledged that safety and security in all prisons, including male and female, can best be maintained by creating a positive climate which encourages the cooperation of prisoners.
- To consider the appropriate security levels in prisons where women are held;
- To review the use of security measures, such as searching procedures and instruments of restraint, in the case of women prisoners;
- To discuss policies and rules relating to the maintenance of discipline and order within a gender sensitive prison management framework.
Issues covered in this module:
- Security level in women’s prisons
- Discipline and order
- Prisoner searches
- Instruments of restraint