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Exploring the Dynamics of Female Recidivism in Jamaica

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Women’s Academic Network, the British Society of Criminology & Bournemouth University’s Centre for Seldom Heard Voices are delighted to present research by Dr Dacia Leslie from the University of the West Indies.

Dacia’s presentation will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020 at 2pm via Zoom.

Title: When Women Return to Prison: Exploring the Dynamics of Female Recidivism in Jamaica

Abstract: Generally, women in Jamaica are imprisoned at rates far less than men. As a result, the needs of men tend to dominate interventions geared towards supporting the law-abiding and productive lifestyles expected of all inmates leaving the correctional service. However, there are unique barriers that women ex-offenders must overcome to activate their full citizenship upon returning to the community, some of which are state imposed. This presentation reports findings from interviews with 14 women who were serving a second or more prison sentence in Jamaica in 2012. Findings from these interviews provide rare insights into the role played by drug-trafficking, limited family support, troubled communities and gender-blind criminal justice responses in supporting the return of these women to prison. The policy implications of these findings are examined, and recommendations are made in support of gendered pathways to effective reintegration. This event is free for staff, students and colleagues: all are welcome but please book to receive the event details.

Background: Dr Leslie is a Research Fellow and Chair of the Crime Prevention and Offender Management Research Cluster at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies. She holds a PhD in Criminology from Cardiff University. Her research concentrates on the lived experiences of inmates, ex-prisoners, involuntary removed migrants and their child dependents to the intersection of her teaching focus which is on Development Studies, with specialisation in Monitoring & Evaluation. One of her most recent scholarly articles, ‘Reassessing Conditions of “Prison” in Jamaica,’ appears in Georgia State University’s International Criminal Justice Review and was written during her five-months research fellowship hosted by the Institute of Island Studies (IIS) and supported by the Government of Canada.

For further information on this event please contact Jane Healy, jhealy@bournemouth.ac.uk

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