Feminist Criminology and Drug Related Crimes in Sri Lanka

9 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2017

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Keshani Imesha Hettiarachchi

Independent; University of Colombo, faculty of law

Date Written: July 26, 2017


Since Gender plays a critical role throughout the criminal justice process, Current sentencing laws are based on male characteristics and male crime and thus fail to take into account the reality of women's lives, characteristics, responsibilities, and roles in crime. Feminist perspective of criminology which suggests victimization throughout the life course is a key risk factor for women's entry into offending. Criminal justice practice could be improved by addressing women's pathways into the criminal justice system, their differences in offense patterns from the patterns of male offenders and their experiences in the criminal justice system. Statistics in United States of America on the criminalization of women for drug offenses from 1993 to 2001, the rate of increase in arrests of women for drug abuse violations was 22%, while the rate increase for men was 16%. The rising number of incarcerated women on drug related crimes is a clear showcase in Sri Lanka also that we must look more closely at the rationales, motivations, and underlying contexts of women's criminality. This article would be discussing about more than implementing "Gender-blind" mandatory sentencing statutes, particularly for drug law violations, there should be a discussion on that women may have different economic needs, may have been victimized, and may in other ways be in different situations than male defendants.

Keywords: feminist criminology .drug related crimes

JEL Classification: Z30

Suggested Citation

Hettiarachchi, Keshani Imesha, Feminist Criminology and Drug Related Crimes in Sri Lanka (July 26, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3009219 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3009219

Keshani Imesha Hettiarachchi (Contact Author)

Independent ( email )

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University of Colombo, faculty of law ( email )

P.O. Box 1490
Colombo, 03
Sri Lanka

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