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What characterizes women's and girls' pathways to crime?

Girls, Women, and Crime: Selected Readings, Second Edition is a compilation of journal articles on the female offender written by leading researchers in the fields of criminology and women's studies. The contributors reveal the complex worlds females in the criminal justice system must often negotiate—worlds that are frequently riddled with violence, victimization, discrimination, and economic marginalization. This in-depth collection leaves readers with a greater understanding of the complexities and nuances of the realtionship between girls and women and crime.

The Woman Offender: Women's Experiences with Drugs, Crime, and Violence
The woman offender: Women's experiences with drugs, crime, and violence

Similar to its role in girls' lives, gender matters in women's lives and profoundly shapes the choices and situations in which they are likely to be swept up by the criminal justice system. There are important connections between girls' problems and women's crime—connections often obscured by approaches that consider delinquency and crime to be separate and distinct topics. Serious problems during childhood and adolescence often set the stage for women's entry into crime, from youth homelessness and abuse to drug use and survival sex to, ultimately, more serious offending. Understanding women's crime requires a critical and sensitive awareness of the discrimination and victimization women experience in ...

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