Women Who Offend
304 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:12 Jan 2004
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Women Who Offend

Edited by Gill McIvor
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Presenting research that will underpin effective practice with women who offend, this unique and thought-provoking text aims to help professionals meet the needs of this group as well as providing a theoretical resource for policy makers and academics. The authors, coming from a variety of professional and research perspectives, discuss important issues concerning women in the criminal justice system, including:* the increase in custodial sentences for women* black women in prison* patterns of female offending* drug use and the criminal justice system* the needs of women on release from prison.Calling into question the relevance to female offenders of research conducted with men who commit crime, the contributors provide a comprehensive knowledge base on women and crime for professionals who work in this area. With a broad range of contributions, this book will be helpful to probation officers, social workers, policy makers and others who work with female offenders.
RELATED TOPICS: Criminology, Law
'It provides a detailed discussion on theories of female offending and the impact of community and custodial sentencing.' - Community Care'This compilation of contributions by researchers and practitioners should be of use to both policy makers and staff... This is an authoritative and thought-provoking resource.'- Care and Health Magazine
Gill McIvor is Director of the Social Work Research Centre at the University of Stirling. Her research interests include community penalties, young people and crime and women's experience of community sentences. She is currently involved in the evaluation of pilot Drug Courts in Scotland and in comparative research on drug courts and on women's experiences in prison. She has published widely in the area of offenders and is the editor of Working With Offenders: Research Highlights in Social Work 26, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Part I: Female Offending and Responses to It. 1. Female Offending: A Theoretical Overview, Loraine Gelsthorpe, Institute of Criminology. 2. Breaking the Mould: Patterns of Female Offending, Michele Burman, University of Glasgow. 3. From `A Safer to a Better Way': Transformations in Penal Policy for Women, Jacqueline Tombs, Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice. 4. Why Are More Women Being Sentenced to Custody? Carol Hedderman, Criminal Policy Research Unit. Part II: Women in the Criminal Justice System. 5. Living with Paradox: Community Supervision of Women Offenders, Judith Rumgay, London School of Economics. 6. Service with a Smile? Women and Community `Punishment', Gill McIvor, University of Stirling. 7. Women in Prison, Nancy Loucks, Independent Criminologist. 8. Women's Release from Prison: The Case for Change, Christine Wilkinson, University of Leicester. 9. Black Women and the Criminal Justice System, Ruth Chigwada-Bailey, Consultant Criminologist. Part III: Contemporary Issues. 10. Risk, Dangerousness and Female Offenders, Hazel Kemshall, DeMontfort University. 11. The `Criminogenic' Needs of Women Offenders, Carol Hedderman, Criminal Policy Research Unit. 12. Women, Drug Use and the Criminal Justice System, Margaret S. Malloch, University of Stirling. 13. Working with Girls and Young Women, Susan Batchelor and Michele Burman, University of Glasgow. The Contributors. Index.
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