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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 Changing Nature of Interpersonal Relationships in a Women's Prison
The changing nature of interpersonal relationships in a women's prison
Kimberly R.Greer

As of December 1999, approximately 1.4 million individuals were under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional institutions (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1999). Of that number, 87,199 were women inmates (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/correct/htm, July 2000). Currently, women represent about 6% of the total prison population (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1999). However, the number of female inmates increased 5.5% during a 12-month period preceding June 1999 (http://www.ojp.usdon.gov/bjs/correct/htm, July 2000). Upward trends in the incarceration rates of women are attributed to a combination of the new mandatory sentencing guidelines and the country's policy regarding intensified sanctions for drug charges (Bloom, Chesney-Lind, & Owen, 1994; Nagel & Johnson, 1994). Women ...

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