I saw a documentary type show today on womens prison...It got me to thinking about womens vs. mens prisons. Course, neither are good, but I was just thinking about it. I mean, the majority of women are more maternal, than men (not that men arent), wheras the majority of men are more providers (not that women arent)...
So heres the question, What sex do you think finds it harder to go to prison? Men, or women? And why?
One thing I've noticed... Visiting. I have never seen CCWF's visiting space (capacity, 150) anywhere close to full; they have two visiting areas, A and B, and only B is ever open. I show up about 10 minutes before visiting starts and I'm through the metal detector 5 minutes later.
On my way up I pass other institutions - Corcoran, etc., that are male; the lines to get into the visiting parking lots form hours before dawn.
I'd say (not from any kind of experience, mind you) that, on average, women do "easier" time within the walls (much less violence, though increased 'drama,' from what I've heard -- also, women tend to be more likely to form supportive communities within the walls, men, not so much), but that they suffer more greatly when (typically not "if") outside connections get severed or wither. Whereas my gut tells me men do, generally, harder time within the walls, but tend both not to have their outside relationships suffer nearly as greatly, and/or tend to survive better when/if outside connections drop off. (I know a *lot* of male loners, very few female loners.)
This is all just from my limited experience inside, my relatively close relationships with women inside, and a fair amount of reading up on the subject (a still-close ex-g/f is a criminology PhD candidate; I raid her bookshelves occasionally - Barbara Owens, et al).
"[T]hough the attorney for the sovereign must prosecute with earnestness and vigor, he must always be faithful to his client's overriding interest that 'justice shall be done.'" United States v. Agurs, 427 U.S. 97, 110-111 (1976).
I think it depends on the individual, not their gender. Everyone is going to have their own perspective on how hard it was regardless of their sex. Prison life doesn't discrimante. Where your housed at has a lot to do with the time you serve, and a woman can get into a horribly evil prison just as a man can.
I think that mothers loose something that men don't because they've never given birth. It might be harder for them when they get out to not only rebond to start taking care of their kids again.