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Women and Criminal JusticeFrom the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation$
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Jo Brayford and John Deering

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319306

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319306.001.0001

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The context: women as lawbreakers

The context: women as lawbreakers

(p.39) Three The context: women as lawbreakers
Women and Criminal Justice

Loraine Gelsthorpe

Serena Wright

Policy Press

This chapter reviews the profile of female law-breakers, what is known about these women, and what is known about their offending, and their pathways of persistence and desistance. This chapter points to some policy and practice developments since the Corston Report of 2007, considering these within the context of women’s compliance. However, questions are raised about the legitimacy of these developments, as well as their sustainability in a market economy of justice. This chapter also identifies some ironies insofar as the post-Corston world seems to recriminalise some women; indeed, the focus on women’s ‘persistence’ may diminish opportunities for ‘desistance’.

Keywords:   women law breakers, criminalisation, offending profile, persistence, desistance, policy developments

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