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Why Gender Matters When It Comes To Prison & Rehabilitation

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While men make up the largest numbers in the prison equation, women end up behind bars as well. And, their imprisonment and rehabilitation has a ripple effect also felt in the greater community.

A leader in the study of women in the criminal justice system says that gender matters when it comes to addressing women, recidivism and rehabilitation. Doctor Marilyn Van Dieten is a Toronto-based clinical psychologist who has spent her professional career working in issues involving the criminal justice system – and most recently women in the system.

Van Dieten was in Milwaukee earlier this month to mark the 40th anniversary of the Benedict Center, which provides community-based alternatives to prison for women.

She tells Bonnie North that until very recently, there was little research regarding women and incarceration.

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Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.