Judging Societies by Women’s Prisons | Emily Salisbury | TEDxWashingtonCorrectionsCenterforWomen



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Dr. Salisbury asks people to consider the positive social impacts that can occur by adopting policies and procedures in prisons that start with women in mind. Given that women inmates are oftentimes dismissed or ignored among prisons systems, Salisbury illustrates the social and legal consequences of placing policies on women inmates that were originally designed for men. Fortunately, gender-responsive strategies exist to help agencies adopt more effective policies, creating a safer society for all of us.

Emily J. Salisbury is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Salisbury’s primary research interests include correctional assessment and treatment intervention strategies, with a particular focus on female offenders and gender-responsive policy. She was the project director of two research sites that developed and validated the Women’s Risk/Needs Assessment instruments, which is a series of correctional assessments specifically designed to treat the needs of justice-involved women.

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10 Responses

  1. Thank you for posting this, TEDx Talks.

  2. Dr. Salisbury is a brilliant professor, and I'm extremely proud to have been taught by her. She is awesome and a master of her craft.

  3. rg0057 says:

    10:00 Again, this is basic gender stereotyping.  The difference is not between men and women, but rather between many men, and many women.  Some men, and some women, are more similar to the other group.  Would we tolerate this analysis if it were between black and white people, or between immigrants and native-born?  We should likewise reject it here.

    Rather than prejudicially treating people by their gender, people should be treated as the individuals they are.  But when the system is as corrupt and underfunded (and in many cases for-profit) as it is in North America, that isn't going to happen.

  4. rg0057 says:

    8:20 "Eliminating cross-gender pat downs" etc.   is blatant sexism, not to mention a line of thinking that renders gay and bi people invisible (on both sides of the pat-down)

  5. rg0057 says:

    3:20 … Hey, just for giggles, why isn't there a similar graph that includes ALL the genders, and ALL the races, and ALL the religions (and non-religions)?  If we can segregate based on one protected characteristic, then let's segregate on them all, for optimal results.

    If men and women were in the same system, and if the speaker is right about female violence, then you'd get what the speaker seems to want.  More women would end up in minimum, and even the worst women would mostly be in medium.   You don't get to this result by segregation, as the speaker suggests… rather you get to it by integration (as she herself had to do for the slide).  (By the way, if you say we can't house men and women together because of sex or rape, then you need to tell me why this is any different from same-sex sex and rape that already happens).

    5:45 "which will remain unnamed because it's a massive lawsuit waiting to happen".  That's fishy.  Either the speaker simply doesn't care about justice, or the data are NOT in fact a massive lawsuit waiting to happen.

  6. rg0057 says:

    1:37  It's generally considered bad form when one's words are contradicted or undermined by one's own slides…

  7. How on earth do we choose masculinity over femininity? Is she batshit insane? Men lose custody and get incarcerated by a woman's word without evidence or due process and are sentenced much harsher than women for the exact same crime. And this professor wants MORE of this because ya know, anything bad a woman did, must be because of a man. 

    So apparently an inmate is an inmate, except the ones with vaginas. All pigs are equal, but some pigs are more equal than others right? This is misandry, gynocentrism and bigotry at it's finest. 

  8. Hammerhook12 says:

    Let me get this straight… Women serve less time and is far less likely to be incarcerated for doing the same crime (with similar circumstances) as men… and she's asking for even more female privileges?

  9. i will assume that this video is satire
    but then again it is TedX so she might really be THIS crazy

  10. Really great points here.  

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