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Book Review: Is Justice Gendered?

Criminal Justice, Winter 2007

17 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2007  

Myrna Raeder

Southwestern University School of Law (Deceased)


As an unending stream of women pour into correctional facilities, it is fitting that the criminal justice community should pay more attention to whether gender makes a difference in the crimes that women commit, the pathways that they take to criminality, the sentences they receive, and the impact that their sentences have on their children. This essay reviews three books that raise different issues concerning the relationship between gender and criminal justice outcomes, provides a context for interpreting their contributions, and spotlights a number of questions they raise. The first book is WOMEN AND GIRLS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLICY ISSUES AND PRACTICE STRATEGIES, edited by Russ Immarigeon, which is a compilation of 52 articles that originally appeared in the bimonthly publication Women, Girls & Criminal Justice, and is now packaged as a one volume reference work available to a wider audience. The second is VICTIMS AS OFFENDERS: THE PARADOX OF WOMEN'S VIOLENCE IN RELATIONSHIPS by Susan L. Miller, which addresses the controversy that exists about the extent of female aggression in the domestic context, and discusses her observations from attending 12-week female offenders' programs. The third is THE FAIRER DEATH: EXECUTING WOMEN IN OHIO by Victor L. Streib, which paints vivid snapshots of the few luckless and until now forgotten women who have broken into the typically all-male death penalty club in Ohio, as well as discusses the characteristics of women who receive the death penalty nationally.Please enter abstract text here.

Keywords: female offenders, domestic violence, sentencing, victims,

JEL Classification: H77, I39, J16, K14, K42

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Raeder, Myrna, Book Review: Is Justice Gendered?. Criminal Justice, Winter 2007. Available at SSRN:

Myrna Raeder (Contact Author)

Southwestern University School of Law (Deceased) ( email )

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