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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.

Female Offenders, Community Supervision, and Evidence-Based Practices
Female offenders, community supervision, and evidence-based practices
by Janet T.Davidson

The women's problems isn't the f***ing addiction, it's what's behind the addiction.

—Zoe (Parolee)

The last two decades have witnessed a criminal justice system in which female offenders have comprised an ever-increasing portion of the correctional population, from jails and prisons to probation and parole. While there has been a corresponding increase in attention paid to women held in jail and prison settings, less attention has been given to women serving time in the community, on either probation or parole, and when attention has been paid to those under community supervision, the focus has usually surrounded male offenders (Bloom et al., 2003; Sabol & Couture, 2008; Schram et al., 2006). Considerably less ...

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