The Female Offender

The Female Offender

Girls, Women, and Crime

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Sage Publications
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, Third Edition redresses the balance by providing critical insight into these issues. In an engaging style, authors Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa Pasko explore gender and cultural factors in women's lives that often precede criminal behavior and address the question of whether female offenders are more violent today than in the past. The authors provide a revealing look at how public discomfort with the idea of women as criminals significantly impacts the treatment received by this offender population.

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Removing the historical "shroud of invisibility" from the experiences of female offenders, Chesney-Lind (women's studies, U. of Hawaii at Manoa) and Pasko (sociology and criminology, U. of Denver) address current issues, trends, and research in this update of the 2004 edition. Additions include greater discussion of the increase in girls' involvement in gangs and arrests for assaults, impact of sexual abuse and survival sex on court involvement, criminalization of sexual minority girls, growth of the female drug offender population, and efforts to develop gender-responsive programming and stronger advocacy to improve the lives of offending females. Recent studies address parole issues, and whether corrections should be gender-blind or gender-responsive. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Los Angeles, Cal. : SAGE, c2013
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781412996693
Characteristics: xiii, 224 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Pasko, Lisa
Chesney-Lind, Meda 1947-
Alternative Title: Girls, women, and crime


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