America Sanchez, Christine Henderson
Christine Henderson (Law & Justice)
There is a current need to construct gender-based reentry and rehabilitation correctional programs in Washington State. There are differences surrounding men’s and women’s correctional rehabilitation, such as women having more components that hinder the social support. On average, Washington State incarcerates 796 women per day in Washington’s two women’s state prisons – Washington State Correction Center for Women (WSCCW) and Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women (MCCCW). Both WSCCW and MCCCW have gender-based restorative rehabilitation programs. However, there are gaps in programming and research where the two Washington women’s prison rehabilitative models of personal responsibility are stifled. Future research is needed to examine how personal responsibility models, like prison writing programs, increase success in beliefs, behaviors, and past and future crime pathways. Women who are incarcerated in Washington State could benefit from the psychological actions or practices of gaining understanding through thought and experience that began earlier in life or pre-incarceration. Therefore, the researchers propose a qualitative exploratory approach based on a constructivist paradigm or worldview for the current research. The investigators propose using qualitative interview data collection methods to explore and understand the experiences, beliefs, thoughts, and ideas of implementing cognitive-based programming at WSCCW and MCCCW and pre and post reasoning to crime pathways. The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of mental gendered-based cognitive programming. This study aims to develop and create a gender-based cognitive model for pre-and post-incarceration at Washington State women’s prison WSCCW and MCCCW.
Keywords: Women’s Prisons, Washington State, Rehabilitation