Women Who Offend

Women Who Offend

Women Who Offend

Women Who Offend

Synopsis

"Presenting research that will underpin effective practice with women who offend, this unique and thought-provoking text aims to help professionals meet the needs of this group as well as providing a theoretical resource for policy makers and academics. The authors, discuss important issues concerning women in the criminal justice system, including: the increase in custodial sentences for women; black women in prison; patterns of female offending; drug use and the criminal justice system; the needs of women on release from prison. The contributors provide a comprehensive knowledge base on women and crime for professionals who work in this area. With a broad range of contributions, this book will be helpful to probation officers, social workers, policy makers and others who work with female offenders."

Excerpt

This volume in the Research Highlights series brings together contributions that together aim to elucidate the nature of women's offending and responses to it. Such a volume was considered timely for a number of reasons. First, there continues to be a relative dearth of literature on women who offend and, in particular, on the effectiveness of responses that have been developed to meet offending women's needs. At the same time as the 'what works?' literature claims to provide increasing insight into what constitutes effective intervention aimed at reducing reoffending, it is becoming increasingly apparent that women's offending is in many ways distinctive and therefore demands a distinctive response.

Second, the contributions in this volume are set against a backdrop of increasingly punitive responses to women's offending by the courts, with the female prison populations throughout the UK having risen to unprecedented levels over the last few years. Third, a number of policy and legislative developments in different parts of the UK will impact in differing ways and to differing degrees upon women who offend. To better understand the likely implications of these developments it is necessary to consider the nature and circumstances of women's offending and to chart how the criminal justice system has dealt with women who break the law both historically and in more recent years.

The contributions to the volume have been organised thematically in three parts. Part I examines the nature of women's offending and the sentencing of women who offend. In Chapter 1, Loraine Gelsthorpe provides an overview of theoretical perspectives on women who offend. Michele Burman examines, in Chapter 2, how women's offending compares with offending by men and whether, as media representations would suggest, women are becoming more criminal and more violent. In Chapter 3, Jackie Tombs describes the transformations that have taken place in penal policy in relation to women who offend, especially in Scotland, while Carol . . .

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