'Hearing Voices': Punishing Women's Mental Ill Health in Northern Ireland's Jails

P. Scraton, Linda Moore

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Abstract

Informed by primary interviews and observational research conducted by the authors with womenprisoners in Northern Ireland, this article focuses on prison as an institutional manifestation ofwomen’s powerlessness and vulnerability, particularly those enduring mental ill-health. It contextualises their experiences within continua of violence and ‘unsafety’. It also considers official responses to critical inspection reports and those of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission based on the authors’ research findings. Finally, the primary research demonstrates that three decades on from publication the first critical analyses of women’s imprisonment, the conditions of gendered marginalisation, medicalisation and punishment remain. This is brought into stark relief in the punitive regimes imposed on those most vulnerable through mental ill-health.
LanguageEnglish
Pages153-165
JournalInternational Journal of Prisoner Health
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009

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