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  • Nowhere to go: How stigma limits the options of female drug users after release from jail

    Posted on June 3rd, 2009 TimB No comments

    Drug and alcohol using women leaving prison or jail face many challenges to successful re-integration in the community and are severely hampered in their efforts by the stigma of drug or alcohol use compounded by the stigma of incarceration. The study concludes stigma based on drug use and incarceration works to increase the needs of women
    for health and social services and at the same time, restricts their access to these services. These specific forms of stigma may amplify gender and race-based stigma. Punitive drug and social policies related to employment, housing, education, welfare, and mental health and substance abuse treatment make it extremely difficult for women to succeed.

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