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The Correctional Mental Health Handbook is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the services provided by correctional mental health professionals for the various populations found in correctional programs and facilities. Edited by Thomas J. Fagan and Robert K. Ax, experts with over 40 years of correctional mental health experience, this unique handbook is divided into three sections. The first section provides a flexible model for organizing mental health services based on staffing levels, facility mission, and local need. The second section considers typical offender problems in many correctional systems and how they are customarily managed. The third section presents various clinical and consultative activities offered by mental health professionals within correctional settings. While the main audience will be correctional mental health professionals and academics involved with training correctional mental health professionals, the Correctional Mental Health Handbook is also an ideal primer for graduate students studying corrections in criminal justice programs. For the student preparing to enter the correctional mental health profession, this indispensable text explains the general characteristics and treatment needs of specific inmate populations including: substance dependent offenders, female offenders, sexual predators, and juvenile offenders.      

Managing and Treating Female Offenders
Managing and treating female offenders
G. LaneWagaman

The management and treatment of female offenders has followed a historical course similar to that of male offenders (see Chapter 1) and in many ways has reflected contemporary attitudes and beliefs about females and their roles in society. Very early beliefs about the causation of criminality, both male and female, involved supernatural explanations, including possession by evil spirits. Subsequent theories focused more on biological or innate characteristics. Lombroso (1911/1968), for example, asserted that inborn tendencies resulted in engagement in criminal behavior and in differences between male and female offenders. Societal responses to such beliefs were reflected in females being incarcerated in the same or similar asylums, almshouses, or custodial institutions as men for purposes of ...

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