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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.

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