Scholarship in criminology over the last few decades has often left little room for research and theory on how female offenders are perceived and handled in the criminal justice system. In truth, one out of every four juveniles arrested is female, and the population of women in prison has tripled in the past decade. Co-authored by Meda Chesney-Lind, one of the pioneers in the development of the feminist theoretical perspective in criminology, The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Third Edition redresses these issues.

In an engaging style, authors Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa Pasko explore gender and cultural factors in women's lives that often precede criminal behavior and address the question of whether female offenders are more violent today than in the past. The authors provide a revealing look at how public discomfort with the idea of women as criminals significantly impacts the treatment received by this offender population. The text covers additional topics such the interaction of sexism, racism, and social class inequalities that results in an increase of female offenders, as well as the imprisonment binge that has resulted in an increasing number of girls and women being incarcerated.


Myself (by J., 2010)

I say I love you

But I barely love myself

I say I hate you

But I only hate myself

I say I miss my child

But I barely miss myself

I say I care about you

But I barely care about myself

I'm not saying I don't love you

I just don't love myself

I hate me. I hate my family

So I could try to love you

I want to love you forever through

thick and thin

Till death do us part.

But I have to learn to love myself first.

You say you're going to love me. But how long will your love last?

I miss loving myself and having myself.

I want to love myself, and cherish myself

But where am I to go when I have just myself.

—resident on Girls' Unit, Waxter Children's Center ...
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