Source: (2000) Journal of International Women’s Studies 2 (November).

Addressing issues related to women’s imprisonment in Canada, Faith discusses alternatives to retributive punishment, particularly in terms of community-based justice within a framework of restorative or transformative justice. Surveying the effects of prisons and the movement for prison reform, Faith argues that prison reform at this point means an end to prison through more structured community and victim involvement in problem-solving. She considers gender as a key factor in a movement toward prison abolition. She also examines the rhetoric of restorative justice versus certain realities, such as gender and power relationships. The last section of this paper deals specifically with key issues facing women in prison, women leaving prison, and those who advocate on their behalf.

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