In most cases, women correction officers acts as leaders to the inmates and therefore play a key role in behavior correction. Overtime, staff working in women correction centers state that women inmates are more willing to talk about their problems and that any staff member who is willing to listen to such is highly appreciated. Women officers are also able to resonate with the inmates well and quickly win the trust of the inmates. They are by nature more likely to take up such roles.
Unlike male corrections where women officers must be extra careful in order to avoid sexual harassment or even physical assault by the men, women officers working in women corrections are much more relaxed, not only because they are surrounded by other women, but also because women inmates are less violent. Source: homeoffice. gov. uk The above table clearly shows the gender inequality in correction institutions. Statistics taken in 2002 indicate this gender inequality exists in parole boards, the compensation authority and the compensation-appeals panels.
Women continue to advocate for gender equality and equity in the law enforcement institutions. CONCLUSION Over the years, policemen’s and society’s negative attitude towards policewomen have changed positively. This change has been achieved through the effective performance of policewomen . Although women are perceived to be physically weak through physical training they undergo as well as their natural skills in management, peace makers and advocacy they have earned the respect of policemen and society in general.
Moreover, the public has a better perception of the criminal justice system more than before women started taking up jobs in the law enforcement institutions. However, it is still apparent that women are marginalized in decision making structures in law enforcement institutions. There is therefore need to address this gender inequality and equity. Policewomen despite their numerous roles as women have over the years proved that they can perform effectively and efficiently in the police force, correction centers and other law enforcement institutions, their challenges and weaknesses notwithstanding.
It is high time; therefore that society changed its attitude towards women and acknowledged that they too, can contribute effectively, not just in the criminal justice system but in other areas as well. The United Nations agencies such as UNDP and UNIFEM advocate for the participation of women in governance in all levels and in decision making structures. The UN Convention on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) should be implemented by all the governments. References Alvarez, A. and Treiber, A. (2007). Gender sensitive Police reform in Post Conflict Societies. UNIFEM and UNDP Policy Briefing Paper.
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