Female offenders are forgotten women, except when someone chooses to make them the albatross of the women's movement. Female offenders are rarely forgiven because "nice girls" don't commit crimes.
Those of us who sincerely care about these forgotten and unforgiven women look not at the women's movement as a cause but as a clue to a possible cure--the creation of a strong, independent woman able to make her own decisions, able to choose her own path, and able to look in the mirror and say, "I like myself."
( Charlotte Ginsburg, "Who Are the Women in Prison?" in Women in Corrections, edited by Barbara H. Olsson [College Park, Md.: American Correctional Association, 1981], p. 56.)
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Publication information: Book title: Women in the Criminal Justice System. Edition: 3rd. Contributors: Clarice Feinman - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 19.
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