Citation McIvor G (ed.) (2004) Women who Offend. Research Highlights in Social Work, 44. London: Jessica Kingsley. http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781843101543
Abstract 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.
Keywords female offending; criminal justice; women and punishment