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Overview

It’s a Crime: Women and Justice, Fourth Edition, is an all-inclusive work on women and issues of justice. The most complete, up-to-date text available, it compiles over 50 essays that explore issues such as: the history of women’s issues; women and the law; women and violence; women and health problems; gender and race, women and prison; women and criminal justice professions; women and terrorism; and girls and delinquency. Written by Rosalyn Muraskin and leading scholars in the field, this edition highlights over thirty new essays and presents a thought-provoking dialogue concerning the major tribulations women face in the criminal justice system.

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This collection of articles places what is known about women and justice within the area of women's issues, and extends to medical concerns of offenders and workforce dilemmas of women who work within the criminal justice system. There is much material on previously unstudied or understudied groups. Chapters are in sections on the historical development of women's issues, women and the law, women and drugs, women in prison, women as victims of violence, women in criminal justice professions, women and crime, and girls and delinquency. The editor is affiliated with Long Island University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130113894
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/13/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 7.05 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Roslyn Muraskin, Ph.D., is a tenured Full Professor of criminal justice at the C.W. Post Campus of Long IslandUniversity. Her published works include IT’S A CRIME: WOMEN AND JUSTICE (2007), Prentice Hall, KEY CORRECTIONAL ISSUES (2005), Prentice Hall, MEDIA AND CRIME: HEADLINES OR REALITY (in press), Prentice Hall, KEY CORRECTIONAL ISSUES (2005), Prentice Hall, VISIONS FOR CHANGE: CRIME AND JUSTICE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, ( 2005 4th edition) Prentice Hall with Albert R. Roberts, Editor of the WOMEN’S SERIES for Prentice Hall including: Women in Law Enforcement Careers (2005), The Female Homicide Offender: Serial Murder and the Case of Aileen Wuornos (2004), The Incarcerated Woman: Rehabilitative Programming in Criminal Justice (2003), plus others, MORALITY AND THE LAW (2001) Prentice Hall. Additionally, Dr. Muraskin is the Editor of the Criminal Justice Series, A CRITICAL JOURNAL OF CRIME, LAW AND SOCIETY, a refereed journal published quarterly by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, and serves on the Board of many Journals and publications, including the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of Criminology.

Dr. Muraskin serves as the director of the Long Island Women’ Institute for the College of Management at Long Island University, as well as the executive director of the Alumni Chapter for the College of Management. She served in the capacity of associate dean of the College of Management (1990-1996) and as director of the School of Public Service.

Among the awards she has received: “You Have Made a World of Difference,” College of Management, Long Island University; Long Island Women’s Agenda Outstanding Contributions; Recipient of Outstanding Contribution Award to Criminal Justice, Minority Section of ACJS, Recipient of Fellow Award for Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, Honoree at Golf Outing of Long Island Association for Aids Care, plus.

She received her doctorate in criminal justice from the GraduateCenter at the CityUniversity of New York, and her master’s degree at New YorkUniversity. She received her bachelor’s degree from QueensCollege.

She currently holds the position of Vice-Chair of the Women’s Division of the American Society of Criminology, served as Trustee of Region One for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, as well as President of the Northeastern Association for Criminal Justice Sciences. She is also a community activist currently working on issues regarding the Environment.

Dr. Muraskin’s main research interests are those of gender and the law, as well as those issues that impact prisoners in correctional facilities. She is a frequent guest lecturer on issues of gender, race and the law, and can be seen on television and hard on radio.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 "Ain't I a woman?" 2
Ch. 2 Taming women and nature : the criminal justice system and the creation of crime in Salem Village 13
Ch. 3 Feminist theories : are they needed? 31
Ch. 4 "Mule-headed slave women refusing to take foolishness from anybody" : a prelude to future accommodation, resistance, and criminality 44
Ch. 5 Perpetrators and victims : maternal filicide and mental illness 66
Ch. 6 Postpartum syndrome and the legal system 103
Ch. 7 The effects of specialized supervision on women probationers : an evaluation of the POWER program 127
Ch. 8 Abortion : is it a right to privacy or compulsory childbearing? 146
Ch. 9 Fatal attraction in Arizona : Glenn Close on trial? 160
Ch. 10 The crime of rape 181
Ch. 11 Forced sexual intercourse in dating : testing a model 187
Ch. 12 Guiding philosophies for rape crisis centers 217
Ch. 13 The historical role of and views toward victims and the evolution of prosecution policies in domestic violence 226
Ch. 14 The impact of law enforcement policies on victims of intimate partner violence 238
Ch. 15 The limitations of current approaches to domestic violence 261
Ch. 16 When the victim recants : the impact of expert witness testimony in prosecution of battering cases 277
Ch. 17 Beyond shelter : expanding spheres of influence for reducing violence against women - a case study of Hubbard House in Jacksonville, Florida 290
Ch. 18 Resistance, compliance, and the climate of violence : understanding battered women's contacts with police 299
Ch. 19 Battered immigrant women's domestic violence dynamics and legal protections 314
Ch. 20 Sexual harassment and the law : violence against women 333
Ch. 21 Legal and social welfare response to substance abuse during pregnancy : recent developments 346
Ch. 22 Living and dying with HIV/AIDS : the "inside" experience of women in prison 363
Ch. 23 Women, AIDS, and the criminal justice system 379
Ch. 24 Systemic white racism and the brutalization of executed black women in the United States 394
Ch. 25 African American Ph.D. women in criminal justice higher education : equal impact or the myth of equality? 444
Ch. 26 Factors affecting the internal and external relationships of African-American policewomen within an urban police department 452
Ch. 27 Victims of domestic stalking : a comparison of black and white females 470
Ch. 28 The daily adult interactive learning experience program : evaluating the needs of lower-functional female adult offenders in prison 484
Ch. 29 Disparate treatment in correctional facilities : women incarcerated 493
Ch. 30 From the inside : patterns of coping and adjustment among women in prison 507
Ch. 31 "Love doesn't solve all problems" : incarcerated women and their significant others 528
Ch. 32 Women in prison : vengeful equity 542
Ch. 33 The reentry process for women 564
Ch. 34 Dying to get out : the execution of females in the post-Furman era of the death penalty in the United States 572
Ch. 35 Women on death row 592
Ch. 36 Home confinement and intensive supervision as unsafe havens : the unintended consequences for women 608
Ch. 37 The impact of women on the police subculture 626
Ch. 38 Women in state policing : an assessment 637
Ch. 39 Early policing in the United States : "help wanted - women need not apply!" 651
Ch. 40 Who's afraid of Johnny Rotten? : assessing female correctional staff's perceived fear and risk of victimization in a juvenile male institution 661
Ch. 41 From the bassinet to the bar : the effect of motherhood on women's advancement in the legal profession 679
Ch. 42 The dislike of female offenders among correctional officers : a need for specialized training 689
Ch. 43 Women on the bench : mavericks, peacemakers, or something else? : research questions, issues, and suggestions 707
Ch. 44 Three strikes and it's women who are out : the hidden consequences for women of criminal justice policy reforms 723
Ch. 45 Femmes fatales : the evolution and significance of female involvement in terrorist networks and suicide bombings 736
Ch. 46 Women's attitudes toward the threat of terror 758
Ch. 47 Images of serial murderers among college students 765
Ch. 48 The impact of gender on juvenile justice decisions 782
Ch. 49 Developing gender-specific services for delinquency prevention : understanding risk and resiliency 792
Ch. 50 Gender differences in delinquency career types and the transition to adult crime 820
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Preface

It's a Crime: Women and Justice (third edition) is probably the most comprehensive text with readings on the subject of women and the criminal justice system. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has" (Margaret Mead). Over these many generations, dramatic social and legal changes have been accomplished on behalf of women's equality. Women have made these changes happen. They have not been passive, but rather, have worked together to make changes, to create a better world where there are few constrictions. During the times of the American Revolution when America gained a new democracy, women had yet to gain the freedom they deserved as human beings. There have always been women who have worked throughout history for the betterment of society.

At the Seneca Falls Conference in 1848, women gathered together to declare that "we hold these truths to be self evident that all men and women emphasis mine are created equal." In the Declaration of Sentiments, Elizabeth Stanton pointed out that "the history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world." It went into specifics:

  • Married women were legally dead in the eyes of the law.
  • Women were not allowed to vote.
  • Women had to submit to laws when they had no voice in their formation.
  • Married women had no property rights.
  • Husbands had legal power over and responsibility for their wives to the extent that theycould imprison or beat them with impunity.
  • Divorce and child custody laws favored men.
  • Women had to pay property taxes although they had no representation in the levying of these taxes.
  • Most occupations were closed to women and when women did gain entry, they were paid only a fraction of what men earned.
  • Women were not allowed to enter professions such as medicine or law.
  • Women had no means to gain an education since no college or university would accept women students.
  • With only a few exceptions, women were not allowed to participate in the affairs of the church.
  • Women were robbed of their self-confidence and self-respect, and were made totally dependent on men.

These were strong words. This was the status quo for women in the United States in 1848. In the words of Elizabeth Stanton: "Now in view of this entire disenfranchisement of one-half the people of this country, their social and religious degradation—in view of the unjust laws . . . and because women feel themselves aggrieved, oppressed, and fraudulently deprived of their most sacred rights, we insist that they have immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of these United States." That was then. The movement produced few results. Women did not receive the right to vote until the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution early in the twentieth century.

In the words of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "I think about how much we owe to the women who went before us—legions of women, some known but many unknown. I applaud the bravery and resilience of those who helped all of us—you and me—to be here today" (1998).

The potential for progress in the realm of women's issues and the criminal justice system is possible because of the continuous battles that women have continued to fight in striving for something called equality or parity of treatment. The history of women indicates that gender should not be a factor in determining the legal rights of women and men, but it has been. Dating back to 1776, when this country was being formed and the laws were being written by men, it was Abigail Adams, in a letter to her husband, John, who insisted that if in the new American Constitution, "care and attention are not paid to the ladies," they will foment a rebellion. Women have been fomenting that rebellion ever since. The reader will find that the struggle is not over, even though women may have a voice and are being heard.

In this work we talk about women as slaves; witchcraft; affirmative action; disparate treatment of women; sexual harassment; crimes of violence; rights of privacy; women, drugs, and AIDS; women in prison; women as victims of crime; women in criminal justice professions; women and crime; and girls and delinquency.

The chapters that follow are written primarily by scholars and researchers in the field. This third edition, as the previous two, deals with the most up to-date-issues and policies that pertain to women as they are affected and treated by the criminal justice system as well as those basic rights believed to be most fundamental by all. The material and topics provide the best there is as they concern the gender-based problems we face in society today.

In the words of the late Ted Alleman (with whom I worked on the first edition): "Those who see the world entirely from a man's perspective and are simply blind to the existence and influence of women are said to be androcentric in their thinking." Traditional literature ignores the role of women. There are those who will deprecate and/or ignore a woman's point of view entirely. For women, public denigration is not socially acceptable. Personal attacks should be a thing of the past.

Today, women and girls live the legacy of women's rights. It is my passionate hope that this work will result in more meaningful and thought-provoking dialogue concerning the important problems women face in the criminal justice system. It's a crime, if we do not realize the importance of the role that women play. Basic human rights are fundamental to all, women and men alike. The raw material is presented in this text—hopefully, you will make it come alive.

Roslyn Muraskin
Long Island University

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