Voices of remanded women in Western Canada: A qualitative analysis


  • Daniel J. Jones University of Huddersfield
  • Sandra M. Bucerius University of Alberta
  • Kevin D. Haggerty University of Alberta


Comparatively little is known about how Canadian prisoners experience and make sense of their lives inside Canadian correctional facilities. Based on 39 qualitative in-depth interviews conducted with remanded women in a Western Canadian remand prison as part of the University of Alberta Prison Project (UAPP), this article serves to describe the five main issues that women in our sample highlighted about their incarceration and how those were shaped by their own backgrounds and life histories: 1) Victimization; 2) Distrust of the police, 3) Parenting while incarcerated; 4) Addictions and mental health; 5) Contextual benefits of prison. The implications of this work for criminal justice practitioners, policymakers, and scholars are discussed. Our findings serve to detail the commonalities between the women in an effort to provide criminal justice and social service actors with contextual background information about their clients. They show that the women lack access to the myriad social and institutional supports that so many people take for granted, including protection from physical and sexual abuse, access to stable housing, addiction support, medical and dental treatment, mental health supports, trauma counselling, and the like.

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Author Biography

Daniel J. Jones, University of Huddersfield
Dan Jones has worked in the justice system for 25 years. He spent 3 years as a correctional officer and 22 years as a police officer obtaining the rank of Inspector. Dan earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Cambridge in Applied Criminology receiving the Wakefield Scholarship. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Huddersfield where he received the Secure Societies Institute Scholarship. Dan is working in collaboration with the University of Alberta on the University of Alberta Prison Project. Dan is also a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta in the Sociology Department. His focus of study is the Victim-Offender overlap and looking at how research and evidence based practice can create positive systems change.
How to Cite
JonesD. J., BuceriusS. M., & HaggertyK. D. (2019). Voices of remanded women in Western Canada: A qualitative analysis: [LEPH2019]. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 4(3), 44-53. https://doi.org/10.35502/jcswb.103
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