Women Offenders-National Institute of Corrections

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“DC Public Safety” and the National Institute of Corrections partner to offer an overview of issues and research pertaining to women offenders.  Interviewed were Maureen M. Buell and Phyllis Modley, both Correctional Program Specialists at NIC.

This is the first in a series of podcasts offered by the two federal agencies.

Leonard Sipes, CSOSA Senior Public Affairs Specialist, hosted the program.

Transcript available at http://media.csosa.gov/podcast/transcripts/?p=43



  1. I am the Executive Director of a faith-based non-profit organization focused primarily on ex-offenders. You talk about having little public safety issues with women. Safety as far as violence is concerned may be different between men and women but we are not safe from children being victims such as an over burdened foster care system, broken homes for kids to grow up in in which they continue these destructive behavior patterns. The community has to pick up an enormous financial burden because of women and men offenders and their behavior. You down play the impact of their crime on society as a whole. Your main emphasis was on women being less violent and they are more often the recipients of violence. The cost of crime on society is far more related to the behavior of men and women and billions of dollars lost due to behavior of men and women regardless of gender. This issue whether man or woman comes down to what that person believes to be true. They make their decisions based on their beliefs. Until they change their beliefs about their lives they are resigned to repeat their behavior. You also said women in the prerelease facility felt safe in their facility and they could get a GED and prepare for a career and receive drug treatment. All of these programs are available to them outside of prison too. In most cases these opportunities will not cost a dime. This seems to me to deflect the real reason for ones behavior. They believe the behavior they engage in will give them something they want. These decisions are made for immediate gratification and not investing for their future. They don’t see a future. This is true for both men and women.

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