Originally Posted by WillYouStopDave
Actually, my understanding of it is that women's prisons are much more civilized than mens (in general) . I watched some videos of two different prisons in the same general area in the same state and the difference between the men's prison and the women's prison (including their behavior) was staggering. Even female murderers appear to be treated with more dignity and trust in prison than male ones. Unless their behavior forces the staff to treat them more harshly.
It would be interesting to see this comparison in more than one state though. It could have just been a fluke. But we all know men tend to commit more crimes and their crimes tend to be more violent. And also a man who commits a crime is way more likely to continue to commit them.
Women are very good at composing themselves when they need to. But you don't have to be as worried about your physical safety generally and the really dangerous female prisoners usually end up with men I think. Either they have a special unit or make some kind of accommodation for them because there aren't enough to make prisons for them usually.
Like I may be wrong, but I think category A prisons in the UK are designed for males, and sometimes female prisoners here will be put in them because I don't think they have category A female prisons.
I don't know how the US divides things though.
Another thing is, dangerous women usually prefer to kill/hurt men if not underaged people. Like this example:
Dennehy, a 30-year-old absent mother of two young children at the time of the killings, specifically targeted men during her killing spree, telling her acquaintance Lloyd that she did not wish to kill a woman and especially not a woman with children. Mark Lloyd stated Dennehy had wanted to kill nine men in total, seeking to be like Bonnie and Clyde. Dennehy stabbed men for the purpose of "entertainment", telling Gary Stretch, "I want my fun. I need you to get my fun." She later told a psychiatrist that she had found murder to be "moreish" and that after the first killing she "got a taste for it."
edit: nevermind they apparently put category A female prisoners in Bronzefield which opened in 2004. They call them 'restricted status' for some reason.
These are high security prisons. They house male prisoners who, if they were to escape, pose the most threat to the public, the police or national security.
Women and young adults are categorised and held in either closed conditions or open conditions, according to their risks and needs.
Females and young adults who're considered high risk are categorised as ‘restricted status’, meaning they can only be held in a closed prison. In exceptional cases, women and young adults may be held in a high security prison (category A).
HM Prison Bronzefield is currently one of only two prisons to house Category A prisoners in the female estate (female and juvenile category-A prisoners are called "restricted status" prisoners). The prison is staffed by about 140 prison custody officers, in a ratio of 50% female and 50% male officers. Bronzefield is also a local prison, taking prisoners directly from the courts. Bronzefield holds a wide range of female offenders, including remand, sentenced and restricted status women.
Kind of confusing.
HMP Bronzefield is currently the only purpose-built, privately run women’s prison in the country. It is privately managed by Sodexo, and holds category A adult and young offender female inmates. With a capacity of 527, it’s the largest women’s prison in Europe. The prison opened in 2004, and since then, further extension work has taken place. If you’d like to find out how to get to HMP Bronzefield, simply refer to the map on this page for directions.
I've only visited one prison and it was category B so.