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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 Female Offender and Incarceration: Before, During, and After Incarceration
The female offender and incarceration: Before, during, and after incarceration

Over the past three decades, a correctional system that long ignored women because of their small numbers suddenly confronted a population explosion for which they were totally unprepared. The number of women in prison has nearly doubled the rate of men since 1985 (404 percent versus 209 percent, respectively), and today, more than one million women are under criminal justice surveillance and more than 200,000 are behind bars.1 Despite the social and economic costs of the increased incarceration of women offenders, women have seldom received equitable treatment in prison or recognition in penological research.

When women enter prison, they do so with all of the problems that ...

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