The Female Offender

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D. Appleton, 1895 - Crime - 313 pages
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Page 102 - Women are not only longer-lived than men, but have greater powers of resistance to misfortune and deep grief. This is a well-known law, which in the case of the female criminal seems almost exaggerated, so remarkable is her longevity and the toughness with which she endures the hardships, even the prolonged hardships, of prison life ... I know some denizens of female prisons who have reached the age of 90, having lived within those walls since they were 29 without any grave injury to health.9...
Page xii - ... which is the same in name will not always either really produce, or even so much as appear to others to produce, in two different persons the same degree of pain : therefore, That the quantity actually inflicted on each individual offender may correspond to the quantity intended for similar offenders in general, the several circumstances influencing sensibility ought always to be taken into account.
Page vi - Republicanism, but it cannot survive a demoralised people with crime in the ascendant That crime is on the increase out of proportion to the population is indicated in many ways, but for the country as a whole, the United States census is the most reliable guide.
Page vii - Why," writes Dr. Morrison, of her majesty's prison, Wandsworth, " are our penal methods so helpless and discomforted in face of the criminal population? Why do the combined efforts of legislators, judges, police and prisons produce so few practical results? Is it because the social disease with which these agencies are grappling is beyond the reach of human skill, and will continue to rage with unabated virulence so long as social life exists? 1 If so we may well tremble for the welfare of the state,...
Page 26 - Ferrerņ [. . .] [A] comparison of the criminal skull with the skulls of normal women reveals the fact that female criminals approximate more to males, both criminal and normal, than to normal women, especially in the superciliary arches in the seam of the sutures, in the lower jaw-bones, and in peculiarities of the occipital region.
Page 96 - Man not only refused to marry a deformed female, but ate her, while, on the other hand, preserving for his enjoyment the handsome woman who gratified his peculiar instincts.
Page xvi - criminal type', or born criminal, is central to Lombroso's theory of anthropology. W. Douglas Morrison, Warden of HM Prison, Wandsworth, writes in his 1895 introduction to The Female Offender: The habitual criminal is a product, according to Dr Lombroso, of pathological and atavistic anomalies; he stands midway between the lunatic and the savage; and he represents a special type of the human race.3 Lombroso...
Page 96 - strong jaws and cheekbones, and their masculine aspect . . . hidden by adipose tissue, emerge, salient angles stand out, and the face grows virile, uglier than a man's; wrinkles deepen into the likeness of scars, and the countenance, once attractive, exhibits the full degenerate type which early grace had concealed.
Page 96 - In the portraits of Red Indian and Negro beauties, whom it is difficult to recognize for women, so huge are their jaws and cheekbones, so hard and coarse their features, and the same is often the case in their crania and brains (Ibid.
Page vi - Other questions which agitate the public and divide parties are doubtless important. But the country can live and prosper under free trade or protection, under bimetallism or monometallism, under Democracy or Republicanism ; but it cannot survive a demoralized people with crime in the ascendant. That crime is on the increase out of proportion to population is indicated in many ways, but for the country as a whole, the United States census is the most reliable guide.

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