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The Female Offender

The Female Offender
Girls, Women, and Crime

Third Edition

March 2012 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Scholarship in criminology over the last few decades has often left little room for research and theory on how female offenders are perceived and handled in the criminal justice system. In truth, one out of every four juveniles arrested is female and the population of women in prison has tripled in the past decade. Co-authored by Meda Chesney-Lind, one of the pioneers in the development of the feminist theoretical perspective in criminology, the subject matter of The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Third Edition redresses the balance by providing critical insight into these issues.

In an engaging style, authors Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa Pasko explore gender and cultural factors in women's lives that often precede criminal behaviour and address the question of whether female offenders are more violent today than in the past. The authors provide a revealing look at how public discomfort with the idea of women as criminals significantly impacts the treatment received by this offender population.

1. Introduction
2. Girls' Troubles and "Female Delinquency"
3. Girls, Gangs, and Violence
4. The Juvenile Justice System and Girls
5. Trends in Women's Crime
6. Sentencing Women to Prison: Equality Without Justice
7. Female Offenders, Community Supervision, and Evidence-Based Practices
8. Conclusion
About the Authors

The focus on female juvenile delinquents remains an area that is poorly understood for it being a minority phenomenon amongst other factors. The authors have arranged their texts into short sections making the explanations conducive for students to grasp and apply the arguments onto other contexts. There are also tabulated information that provide clearer comparison amongst the different cases and categories. I would suggest that the authors update the references to publications after 2000 so as to ensure contemporary social relevance to the readership.

Dr Jun Zubillaga-Pow
Sociology , University of Liverpool
January 18, 2016

Valuable resource for students

Ms Emer Sweeney
Department of Sociology, University College Cork (NUI)
October 29, 2015

brilliant read! would recommend adopting in lessons as it is useful have a book in the classroom that specfically focuses on female offenders.

Miss Amber Rose Maloney
public services, Sheffield College
August 14, 2015

an excellent text that brings the plight of female offenders to the fore front of criminological research.

Mr Matt Nicholson
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
January 27, 2014

An excellent text that provides the reader with provocative but well balanced arguments. A must for all criminology students.

Mr Stuart Agnew
Social Science , University Campus Suffolk Ltd
June 13, 2013

I am covering this course for another professor who uses an earlier this text. However, I will not be using this text for any future coverages. If you can get past all the biased language, incomplete statistics, incomparable comparisons and authors' self-citations, you are really left with a mediocre and partial glimpse into what might be important to gender differences in the system. No worries though, if you are unsure of what is said in one chapter, you will be assured to visit it again in just about every chapter there is in this book. In fact, my students submit Cornell style notes for my classes and this is the only class where the notes come back with comments such as "this chapter offers nothing new beyond what was offered in all other chapters..." I am rather disappointed that I have to pretty much replace the text with journal articles that better explain the whats, whys and wherefores that the required text should.

Dr Jeremy Olson
Criminal Justice, Seton Hill University
February 28, 2013

This is an essential read for any undergraduate student examining gender and crime. Topical, thorough and posing interesting debates throughout, this is an essential read within our gender and crime module

Miss Laura Firth
Public Services, Runshaw College
July 6, 2012

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Chapter 3

Meda Chesney-Lind

Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaii.  Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, her testimony before Congress resulted in national support of gender responsive programming for girls in the juvenile justice system. Her recent publications include Policing Women’s Bodies: Law, Crime, Sexuality, and Reproduction and the “Global War on Girls? Policing Girls’ Sexuality and Criminalizing their Victimization (with Alida Merlo).  Her earlier book on girls’ use of violence, Fighting for Girls (co-edited with Nikki Jones), won an award from the National Council on Crime... More About Author

Lisa J. Pasko

Lisa Pasko, Assistant Professor, received her PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Lisa's primary research and teaching interests include criminology, punishment, sexualities/gender studies, as well as methodological issues in conducting studies of crime and deviance. Her dissertation examined juvenile delinquency and justice in Hawaii, with particular attention on the differential effects institutional policies and behaviors have on boys and girls. She is co-author of "The Female Offender" and other articles that explore issues of gender and delinquency. Dr. Pasko teaches courses on criminology, the female offender, men and... More About Author

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