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Women in Prisons

By sarahninaburgess

The research was conducted by the convictions of various degrees of seriousness and penalties make a significant impact on the life of a person. Especially, if the accused is a woman and the cause is the financial incapability. Thus, a woman is more sensitive to meeting different uncomfortable conditions, psychological harassment or violence. Moreover, the effects of the imprisonment of a woman may be more serious and involve a larger number of victims than in a man’s case. Examining the topic on the UAE example, the peculiarities of the country’s system of justice need to be mentioned. Firstly, this prison system is non-profit; the government is not interested to keep many people there. Likewise, the conditions are not extremely bad and there are no terrific accidents of prisoners’ treatment because the UAE do not want to spoil their international image or due to the accessibility of the Human Rights services (AlShamsi, 2017). However, the inmate females live in overcrowded conditions, have low quality food and medical care, and sometimes suffer from racial oppression.The infringement of person’s rights by putting to jail for the commitment of various illegal deeds is the most popular decision of the judicial system. The causes of accusation may be very different and, correspondingly, so may the level of punishment. For instance, fines, deportation, rehabilitation programs, community service become more and more popular solutions. This mildness of UAE justice system towards the insignificant crimes can reduce the government’s expenses of keeping the inmates in prisons (Dajani, 2017).Causes of imprisoning can vary; however, there are some main issues uniting all the female convicts. Thus, psychological trauma in childhood (abuse), low level of education, lack of full-time employment, splitting families, presence of little children (or children under 18), various substances addictions are most typical for women in prisons (Morash, 2002).The effects of imprisoning are different in accordance with the accusation. Women are separated from their families, parents, and children. Only 9 % of them are able to see their offspring (Mallicoat, 2015). Their children have to be brought up by their grandparents or other close relatives. If there are not any proper candidates, the children are sent to the foster families. Such separation with mothers may have rather strong and dramatic consequences and may affect the future life of a child, his ability to make harmonic relationships with others and to build own family (The New York Times, 2015).Being imprisoned in overcrowded places where there is no privacy a woman faces additional psychological discomfort and, at times, abuse. In fact, various infringements, sexual insults, threats to well-being and life may cause the attempts of committing suicide in prison or after the discharge. The maintenance and treatment of the imprisoned woman are not good and satisfy only the basic needs. Therefore, the health condition may rather decrease during staying behind the bars.Another type of the effects is related to the discharge period. Sometimes this period of adaptation may take several months and is quite psychologically difficult. Thus, in prison, a woman is released from making own decisions, from thinking what to eat and where to sleep. She is relatively protected from, for example, her addicted boyfriend that beats her or from creditors who constantly threat her. In addition, she needs to resume and rebuild the relationships with her relatives and children. A woman has to search some legal ways of financial maintenance, job or some courses. In a case of substances addiction, she needs to join the rehabilitation program. Generally, the whole period after discharge may require lots of mental strength and stableness. If a woman has no friends or relatives who can help without harm, she may rely on various supporting programs that provide a wide range of comprehensive help. All of this is aimed at keeping the ex-prisoner from committing another illegal action and return back to jail.Sometimes, the time in prison may be very hard and unbearable for a woman if she did some unserious misconduct. Thus, if she is accused because of debt and nothing more serious, imprisonment is not the proper way of punishment. The causes of lending money can vary as well as causes of incapability of paying back. There are situations when a woman is addicted or needs money because of the threads of her addicted husband. In this case, by losing morality, the penalty can be more severe. The other thing is when some of her relatives are in trouble or got sick, she has no money for living or communal-general service, for educational needs and related things. When a woman has no ability to return the borrowed money for such crucial needs because of lack or low income, peculiarities of place or, at times, injustice debt obligations, it is unfair to put such a “criminal” into jail. In these conditions, the woman is more victims than law-breaker.Furthermore, it is essential to distinguish the causes of owing debts and to investigate every case particularly. If a woman, having no resourses for serious treatment of her child borrows money, being unemployed she must not be imprisoned. Such a decision is behind the morality because she breaks the law not deliberately. She may have such severe life conditions when there is no one to help her and the infringement of her freedom will not solve the problem of her debt. It may even make her condition worse considering the conditions in jails and effects of the imprisonment. They can spoil a woman with good qualities and morality and stigmatize her in the society for the rest of her life. Consequently, women, especially, mothers should not receive such a severe punishment as the imprisonment because of debt. In case if she has a child under 18, she is obliged to bring him up and she is the only one who will do this best. No grandparents, relatives or foster families can replace the mother. Therefore, the incarceration harms not only a woman but also other people of her close surrounding.Considering the above-said, such particular cases must be solved in other ways. As the subject of a problem is money, they need to be paid back. If a woman has no possibility to return the money, she needs help from society. Hence, there are many solutions to this problem that involve various participants. These can be local and international organizations that deal with the defense of human rights, infringement of women and children, psychological support and rehabilitation. Additionally, there are many ways to collect funds whether it is on the level of some organization, some group of people, or even a single person. As there are many charity organizations dealing with cases of different complexity, it is possible to address to them. If a woman is less educated, she must be guided whether by her relative, friend or by the local social worker. The latter is more informed about nonprofit organizations and funds and, for instance, has abilities to reveal the problem and persuade to help. Likewise, it is possible to appeal to some local authoritative, popular or rich person for support. In this case, the act of charity from a single person may be a sort of promotion and addition to his image. However, the charity may reveal the philanthropic moods and desire of being a part of society (Worth, 2016). Money can also be raised through the coverage of the case in mass media or social network. In the same way, by using the crowdfunding, giving small amounts of money by a large amount of people, it is possible to receive the required sum.In order to make any appeal to someone, the clear definition of the problem and the personal life story of a woman who is in trouble are important. The developing a plan, the case statement, and the goals of such a charity act are important as well(Klein, 2016). It does not need to be sentimental, but objective and sincere in order to display the full coverage of the issue (Clifford, 2012). Additionally, there must be a clearly visible system of money transference, explaining why and how they are collected, who are the donators. Finally, people need at least a small benefit from their charity. This can be revealed not only in the warm sense of assisting someone in need and commitment to the solution of the social problems. The woman who is rescued from a prison with the help of collected money can do some volunteer services, or exchange of the resources (Wilkinson, 2013).To summarize, the life in prison is rather uneasy and dramatic period in life. It is especially hard for women and especially mothers. Despite mental and physical offense, bad conditions of the maintenance, health problems, the absence of privacy, women deal with other consequences that may have further effect. Thus, they are detached from their children and families for a long period of time that can harm their relationships. Furthermore, after discharge, women have to deal somehow with a real life and need support in rehabilitation from various organizations and groups. Considering such issues, putting a woman (a mother) in jail due to debt is strict and immoral act. If she cannot pay the money, they need to be given to her with a help of various means of charity and fundraising. A specialist can guide the case in order to create the particular program and release a woman from the financial burden.ReferencesAlShamsi, A. O. (2017, Feb 16). What is prison like in the United Arab Emirates? [web log comment]. Retrieved from, H., Amir, S. (2017). Judges show leniency amid growing liberalization of UAE justice system. Retrieved from, M., Schram, P. J. (2002). The prison experience: Special issues of women in prison. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc.Mallicoat, S. L. (2015). Women and crime. A text/reader (2nd ed.). 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