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The criminology literature has left little room for research and theory on how female offenders are perceived and handled in the criminal justice system.
This book redresses the balance by providing critical insight into this issue. Meda Chesney-Lind explores gender and cultural factors in women's lives that often precede a move towards criminal behavior, and addresses the question of whether female offenders are more violent today than in the past. The author also takes a revealing look at how public discomfort with the idea of women as criminals has had significant impact on the treatment received by this offender population.
Girls' Troubles and 'Female Delinquency'
Girls, Gangs, and Violence
Rediscovering the 'Liberated Female Crook'
The Juvenile Justice System and Girls
Trends in Women's Crime
Drugs, Violence, and Women's Crime
Sentencing Women to Prison
Equality without Justice