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Women offenders

Kathryn Farrow, Gill Kelly and Bernadette Wilkinson

in Offenders in focus

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347879
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302865 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347879.003.0004
Women offenders

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This chapter considers how women experience the criminal justice system, explores current understandings about women and their offending and considers research into the most promising approaches to working effectively with women offenders. An ongoing issue for researchers and practitioners is to distinguish between needs which constitute dynamic risk factors specifically related to offending and those which are more a part of the context of that offending and likely to be significant in terms of desistance. Such long-standing issues about services for women offenders are at the heart of this chapter and pose a challenge for practitioners who need to try to respond to diversity while retaining the focus upon risk, especially of reoffending. Also discussed are three broad approaches to research that have emerged from feminist criminology: feminist empiricism, standpoint feminism and feminist post-modernism.

Keywords: criminal justice; offending; women offenders; diversity; risk; reoffending; feminist criminology; feminist empiricism; standpoint feminism; feminist post-modernism

Chapter.  7521 words.  Illustrated.

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