In the past thirty years, women and crime has become a major intellectual and professional specialty. The Crimes Women Commit: The Punishments They Receive represents the third edition of Women in Crime, a classic in the field by Rita J. Simon first published in 1975. This revised and updated edition takes advantage of the fact that women are more represented in official crime statistics today than they have been at any time since systemic national data has been available. Rita J. Simon and Heather Ahn-Redding present the most current demographic data and updates of the arrest, conviction, and prison statistics reported in the first and second editions as they examine issues such as women's labor force participation, the percentage of female-headed households in which women are the caretakers of young children, as well as trends in how female crime statistics are reported. This classic text will become an essential tool for teachers and researchers within criminology and criminal justice, and among the subfields within sociology, psychology, and economics, where research on women who commit crimes has grown into a major area of interest.
Rita Simon and Heather Ahn-Redding deliver a detailed and nuanced picture of the changing character of women's involvement in the criminal justice system since the early 1970s. Their balanced and probing analysis of the most recent data offers fresh insights into the crimes women commit, how they are treated by the courts, and how they fare in the prisons. This landmark work is must reading for anyone interested in female crime patterns over the last 35 years.
Rita J. Simon is a University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including Global Perspectives on Social Issues: Juvenile Justice Systems (with Paola Zalkind, Lexington Books, 2004), and Adoption Across Borders (with Howard Altstein, Rowman and Littlefield, 2000). Heather Ahn-Redding is a Doctoral candidate in Justice, Law, and Society at American University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Women and Crime in Review Chapter 3 The Contemporary Women's Movement Chapter 4 American Women: Their Demographic and Status Characteristics Chapter 5 Arrest Statistics Chapter 6 Women in Court Chapter 7 Women in Prison Chapter 8 Epilogue