Women and Crime
Women and Crime: A Reference Handbook examines how women's patterns of offending have changed over time in America, from the Colonial period to the present. The book sets the stage with a historical overview of women's criminal activity. Subsequent chapters cover such topics as changes in women's status and patterns of offending; the impact of childhood abuse on the development of criminality; and how changes in law, the War on Drugs, and other crime policy have, in fact, increased the frequency of women's imprisonment and arrests. International issues, such as legalization of prostitution, sex trafficking, and women's involvement in organized crime, including drug cartels, are also explored.
Each chapter examines theory, research, law, policy, and key players in the evolving response to women's crime patterns. Throughout the work, the author links women's status, victimization, and offending patterns, and suggests how crime control policy, far from saving women, is increasingly making it impossible for female offenders to live on the outside.
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Warner's (sociology & criminal justice, Texas A&M International Univ.; Battleground: Immigration) concise book provides researchers with an overview of the history of and socioeconomic factors that can result in women becoming criminals or victims of crimes. Each chapter draws from a variety of sources including statistics, interviews, laws, and policies to make the connection between factors such as drug abuse, domestic violence, and poverty and their effects on women's lives. The book includes a chapter of key documents, among them the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000; the same chapter presents data on, for example, "Women's Rate of Victimization in the United States," taken primarily from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. A chapter of biographies includes profiles of prosecutors, criminals, activists, theorists, Supreme Court justices, and survivors of crime. Warner also provides a chronology of major laws and legal events that have affected women, a directory of relevant organizations and government agencies, and print and non-print resources for further research. VERDICT This title will be a solid addition to academic libraries for use by students in criminal justice and women's studies programs. —Diane Fulkerson, Univ. of South Florida, Lakeland