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SMAD. Revista eletrônica saúde mental álcool e drogas

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SCHERER, Zeyne Alves Pires; SCHERER, Edson Arthur; NASCIMENTO, Andressa Duarte  and  RAGOZO, Fábio Dias. Sociodemographic profile and penal history of the prison population at a female penitentiary in the interior of São Paulo state. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2011, vol.7, n.2, pp.55-62. ISSN 1806-6976.

We aimed to draw a sociodemographic profile and penal history of women imprisoned at the Ribeirão Preto Female Penitentiary, using their trial and health records. The population consisted of 310 women, mostly young, white, from São Paulo State, single, with at least one child, catholic, low education level and related occupations. As to their penal history, involvement with drugs (traffic and consumption) was the most frequent crime. Most fulfilled penalties of 1 to 12 years and were imprisoned for the first time. We noticed that the records were incomplete. Professionals need to recognize the importance of the registers and be encouraged to make them.

Keywords : Women; Prisons; Violence; Socioeconomic Factors.

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