Author(s): Gaye BARI?
Based on an empirical research, this paper examines whether there is a relation between imprisonment of female offenders and their history of violence. This empirical research was conducted with female prisoners at Ankara Sincan Women’s Closed Prison. During the field work, a survey with 134 female prisoners and in-depth interviews were implemented with 22 female prisoners and a focus group study was conducted with eight female prisoners. While crime types are categorized according to the quality of crime and one third of female prisoners were prisoned due to violent crimes; there is no any record about female prisoners’ motivation and context of violent crimes. According to the filed study findings, it is found that nearly 80 % of female prisoners was exposed to or witnessed violence before their imprisonment. Besides, it was explored that 12 women out of 22 interviewees and 4 women out of 5 married female offenders from focus group study have been prisoned due to killing/injuring their male abusers.
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