Women in prison for drug involvement

  • Denise Santana Silva dos Santos
  • Tânia Christiane Ferreira Bispo
  • Lucas Gama Passos Silva
  • Tainara dos Santos Pereira
  • Mayana Silva dos Santos
  • Lucas Uanderson Lemos Paz
  • Jakson Braz Alves
  • Climene Laura de Camargo


Discussing the issues related to the incarceration of women due to the involvement with drug trafficking has raised questions from educators and health professionals about the complex network of factors that includes biological determinants, Socio-economic and welfare (VICTORA et al, 2011).

According to the National Survey of Penitentiary Information (INFOPEN), the number of women increased by 567.84% between the year 2000 and 2014. Among these women, 58% had a penalty for drug involvement and the dominant profile: black, single, low schooling and age group between 18 and 29 years (BRAZIL, 2014).

Research on vulnerability of women in the prison context reveals that these women are also vulnerable to emotional situations, since most women arrested for involvement with drug trafficking are due to the relationship with Companion, which this woman is often and emotionally involved in trafficking in an attempt to protect her personal and affective relationships (BUSS; PELLEGRINI, 2007).

The objective of this article is to analyze the factors associated with the vulnerability of women in drug involvement.