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Women Behind Bars: Explanations and Implications

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Increases in the women's prison population in the UK, in line with many other industrialised countries, is occurring at an alarming rate and yet the types of offences for which women are imprisoned and the lengths of sentences they receive suggest that most present little risk to society. However, the personal and social costs to these women and their families of being imprisoned, and the economic costs to society, can be immense. Through an analysis of official statistics, this article explores some possible explanations for the growth in female imprisonment set within the framework of effective practice with a particular emphasis on the actuarial approach to managing offenders.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2311.00271

Affiliations: 1: Lecturer in Criminal Justice, University of Manchester 2: Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, University of Manchester

Publication date: May 1, 2003

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