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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.

Female Juvenile Delinquents: Victimization, Delinquency, and the Juvenile Justice System
Female juvenile delinquents: Victimization, delinquency, and the juvenile justice system

Before the mid-1960s, most formal discussions of juvenile offenders and juvenile court did not include information on girls. Today, however, female juvenile offenders are no longer invisible and have become one of the fastest growing segments of the juvenile justice system. For example, in 1975, girls represented 15 percent of juvenile arrests; thirty years later, they represented nearly 30 percent.1 While overall delinquency rates have been declining since the late 1990s, this decline has not been equally shared by both boys and girls; over the last decade, boys' arrests for most offenses decreased while girls' arrests for robbery, theft, assaults, driving under the influence (DUI), prostitution, ...

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