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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.

Violence Against Girls Provokes Girls' Violence: From Private Injury to Public Harm
Violence against girls provokes girls' violence: From private injury to public harm

Hidden in accounts of the rise in girls' arrests for violent offenses lies an alarming and undertheorized trend. A disproportionate number of girls come into the juvenile system with family histories of physical and sexual violence and emotional neglect. This link between childhood victimization and later juvenile offending has been confirmed by research in a variety of academic disciplines and by practitioners in social work, sociology, public health, and criminology (Belknap & Holsinger, 1998; Miller, 2001; Owen, Bloom, & Covington, 2003).

Some studies now estimate that more than 90% of girls in the juvenile legal system have histories of sexual, physical, or emotional ...

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