Women in the Criminal Justice System: Tracking the Journey of Females and Crime provides a rare up-to-date examination of women both as offenders and employees in the criminal justice system. While the crime rate in the United States is currently decreasing, the rate of female incarceration is rising. Female participation in the criminal justice workforce is also rising. However, women on both sides of the system experience special issues. This book presents the current state of females in the system through contributions by expert authors.
The book discusses the criminal justice system’s reaction to women, as well as the successes and failures of its responses and current and future consequences. The surge of incarcerated women comes with accusations of sexism, racism, and differential treatment, and female employees face sexual harassment, corruption, and differential pay. It examines the victimization of women through sexual and physical assault, victimization during incarceration, and the need for services such as financial assistance, addiction treatment, and psychological care for issues unique to women.
The early chapters outline the history of women in the context of the criminal justice system, and lead into chapters that address specific women’s issues. Each chapter contains discussion questions to broaden understanding of the history and issues relating to women in the system. The chapters also highlight key concepts, significant statistics, and legislative landmarks in criminal justice for women. As a historical analysis and currently informed resource, Women in the Criminal Justice System is a landmark work in its own right. It gives you a firm understanding of past problems that women faced in criminal justice, the present problems concerning women, how progress was made from past to present, and what progress is still needed.
Table of Contents
History of Gender and Social Control in the CJ System
Female Crime and Theory
Alana Van Gundy
Criminal Justice as a Male Enterprise
Jeffrey W. Cohen
The Cycle of Intimate Partner Violence
Carly M. Hilinski-Rosick
Sexual Assault and the Evolution of Rape
Domestic and International Sex Trafficking
Michele P. Bratina and Kelly M. Carrero
Catherine D. Marcum
Tina L. Freiburger
Role of Women in the War on Drugs
The Female Thief
Doshie Piper and Georgen Guerrero
Katherine Winham and George E. Higgins
Mothers Who Kill
Kimberly D. Dodson and Leann N. Cabage
Incarcerated Women in the United States
Women in Law Enforcement
Wendy G. Perkins
Women in the Judicial System
Stephanie J. Kirven
Women in Corrections
Tina L. Freiburger is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her main areas of research include gender and racial/ethnic disparities in the judicial system, and women in the criminal justice system. She has published numerous articles in various criminal justice and other social science journals.
Catherine D. Marcum is an associate professor of criminal justice at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. Her areas of research are cybercrime, correctional issues, and sexual victimization. She has published numerous articles in various criminal justice and other social science journals, and has authored and edited multiple scholastic books.