Female Offenders

  • Elissa P. Benedek
Part of the Women in Context book series (WICO)


The female offender has existed since Medea. She has been considered by those interested in crime and criminals as an aberration, a minority. Recently, in the media, academics (sociologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists) and lay authors have emphasized dramatic increases in the prevalence and incidence of female crime. They also have commented on an increasing variety in the spectrum of offenses committed by women. Statistical data that support an increase in female crime are controversial. The theory that a massive increase in female crime comes as a result of women’s liberation also is controversial. It is clear and noncontroversial that as large numbers of women are being apprehended, sentenced, placed on probation, or incarcerated, the programs available to female offenders have changed very little. Programming does not meet their needs.


Criminal Behavior Property Crime Juvenile Court Uniform Crime Report Female Offender 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elissa P. Benedek
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  1. 1.Center for Forensic PsychiatryAnn ArborUSA

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