Female Offender : Girls, Women and Crime / Edition 2

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Overview

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 subject matter of The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Second Edition redresses the balance by providing critical insight into these issues.

Bringing much-needed attention to the state of these often "invisible" wrongdoers, The Female Offender enlightens and intrigues readers including academics, researchers, and students in the areas of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, and women’s studies. Likewise, anyone seeking cutting-edge information about a growing offender population will want to read this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761924050
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Women in the Criminal Justice System Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Meda Chesney-Lind is Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Hawaii, and a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Whitman College. She has served as Vice President of the American Society of Criminology and president of the Western Society of Criminology. Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, her books include Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice, The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Female Gangs in America, Invisible Punishment, Girls, Women and Crime, and Beyond Bad Girls: Gender Violence and Hype. She has just finished an edited collection on trends in girls’ violence, entitled Fighting for Girls: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Violence, published by SUNY Press. Dr. Chesney-Lind is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the Western Society of Criminology. She has been on the Women’s Studies faculty at the University of Hawaii since 1986, and also serves on the graduate faculty in the Department of Sociology.

She received the Bruce Smith, Sr. Award "for outstanding contributions to Criminal Justice" from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in April, 2001. She was named a fellow of the American Society of Criminology in 1996 and has also received the Herbert Block Award for service to the society and the profession from the American Society of Criminology. She has also received the Donald Cressey Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for "outstanding contributions to the field of criminology," the Founders award of the Western Society of Criminology for "significant improvement of the quality of justice," and the University of Hawaii Board of Regent's Medal for "Excellence in Research."

Chesney-Lind is an outspoken advocate for girls and women, particularly those who find their way into the criminal justice system. Her work on the problem of sexism in the treatment of girls in the juvenile justice system was partially responsible for the recent national attention devoted to services to girls in that system. More recently, she has worked hard to call attention to the soaring rate of women's imprisonment and the need to vigorously seek alternatives to women's incarceration.

In Hawaii, Chesney-Lind has served as Principal Investigator of a long standing project on Hawaii's youth gang problem funded by the State of Hawaii Office of Youth Services. She has more recently also received funding to conduct research on the unique problems of girl's at risk of becoming delinquent from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Finally, she has also recently been tapped by the Hawaii Department of Public Safety to serve on an advisory panel on the problems of women in prison in Hawaii.

Lisa Pasko, Assistant Professor, received her Ph D from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Lisa's primary research and teaching interests include criminology, punishment, sexualities/gender studies, as well as methodological issues in conducting studies of crime and deviance. Her dissertation examined juvenile delinquency and justice in Hawaii, with particular attention on the differential effects institutional policies and behaviors have on boys and girls. She is co-author of "The Female Offender" and other articles that explore issues of gender and delinquency. Dr. Pasko teaches courses on criminology, the female offender, men and masculinities, and crime and punishment. For the past ten years, she has been involved in criminal justice research. As project coordinator for the University of Hawaii Youth Gang Project, she evaluated numerous prevention and intervention programs for at-risk youth. Dr. Pasko has published in a variety of areas, including an ethnography of stripping, pathways predictors of juvenile justice involvement, a feminist analysis of restorative justice initiatives, and evaluations of two girl offender programs. Her current research is funded by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice and examines the treatment of sexual minority girls in youth corrections.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Girls' Troubles and "Female Delinquency
Trends in Girls' Arrests
Boys' Theories and Girls' Lives
Criminalizing Girls' Survival: Abuse, Victimization, and Girls' Official Delinquency
Delinquency Theory and Gender: Beyond Status Offenses
Chapter 3. Girls, Gangs, and Violence: Rediscovering the "Liberated Female Crook "
The Media, Girls of Color, and Gangs
Trends in Girls' Violence and Aggression
Girl Gang Membership
Girls and Gangs: Qualitative Studies
Labeling Girls Violent?
Girls, Gangs, and Media Hype: A Final Note
4. The Juvenile Justice System and Girls
"The Best Place to Conquer Girls "
Girls and Juvenile Justice Reform
Deinstitutionalization and Judicial Paternalism: Challenges to the Double Standard of Juvenile Justice
Rising Detentions and Racialized Justice
Offense Patterns of Girls in Custody—Bootstrapping
Deinstitutionalization or Transinstitutionalization? Girls and the Mental Health System
Small Numbers Don't Mean Small Problems: Girls in Institutions
Instead of Incarceration: What Could Be Done to Meet the Needs of Girls?
Chapter 5. Trends in Women's Crime
Unruly Women: A Brief History of Women's Offenses
Trends in Women's Arrests
How Could She? The Nature and Causes of Women's Crime
Big Time/Small Time
Pathways to Women's Crime
Beyond the Street Woman: Resurrecting the Liberated Female Crook?
The Revival of the "Violent Female Offender "
Chapter 6. Drugs, Violence, and Women's Crime - with Karen Joe Laidler
Drug Use in a Multiethnic Community
A Profile of the Women
The Family: Conflict and Comfort
Dealing With Family Turmoil
Pathway to Drugs
Demystifying Women of Color
Gender, Culture, and Drug Use
"Crack Pipe as Pimp ": Drugs, Ethnicity, and Gender in African American Communities
Prostitution and Drug Use
Victimization, Prostitution, and Women's Crime
Conclusion
Chapter 7. Sentencing Women to Prison: Equality Without Justice
Trends in Women's Crime: A Reprise
Women, Violent Crimes, and the War on Drugs
Getting Tough on Women's Crime
Building More Women's Prisons
Profile of Women in U.S. Prisons
Reducing Women's Imprisonment Through Effective Community-Based Strategies and Programs
Detention Versus Prevention
Chapter 8. Conclusion
References
Index
About the Authors

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