Policy Press

Publishing with a purpose

Published

Feb 18, 2022

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529208412

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 18, 2022

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529208399

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 18, 2022

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529208429

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Criminal Women

Accounts of female offenders’ journeys into the criminal justice system are often silenced or marginalised.

Featuring a Foreword from Pat Carlen and inspired by her seminal book ‘Criminal Women’, this collection uses participatory, inclusive and narrative methodologies to highlight the lived experiences of women involved with the criminal justice system. It presents studies focused on drug use and supply, sex work, sexual exploitation and experiences of imprisonment.

Bringing together cutting-edge feminist research, this book exposes the intersecting oppressions and social control often central to women’s experiences of the justice system and offers invaluable insights for developing penal policies which account for the needs of women.

"A fitting rejoinder to Carlen's 'Criminal Women', this engaging collection offers real insights into the lived experiences of women involved in our criminal justice system and the chasm that remains between the criminal and social justice responses." Jane Scoular, University of Strathclyde

“In this inspiring and topical collection, scholars from the Criminal Women Voice, Justice and Recognition Network imaginatively bring to the fore the important voices and experiences of women in conflict with the law.” Loraine Gelsthorpe, University of Cambridge

"These vivid accounts from women caught up in the criminal justice system, alongside academic analysis, provide compelling insights and emphasise the ongoing need for constructive change in this area of penal policy and practice." Jill Annison, University of Plymouth

Sharon Grace is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, UK.

Maggie O’Neill is Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Head of Department at the University College Cork, Ireland.

Tammi Walker is Professor of Forensic Psychology and College Principal at Durham University, UK.

Hannah King is Associate Professor of Sociology at Durham University, UK.

Lucy Baldwin is Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University, UK.

Alison Jobe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Durham University, UK.

Orla Lynch is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Director of Research for the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University College Cork, Ireland.

Fiona Measham is Chair in Criminology at the University of Liverpool, UK and Director of The Loop (UK and Australia).

Kate O'Brien is Assistant Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Durham University, UK.

Vicky Seaman is Support Worker with the Cork Alliance Centre and a PhD Criminology candidate at University College Cork, Ireland.

Foreword – Pat Carlen

1. Introduction

2. Hearing the Voices of Women Involved in Drugs and Crime

3. Knifing Off? The Inadequacies of Desistance Frameworks for Women in the Criminal Justice System in Ireland

4. Sex Work, Criminalisation and Stigma: Towards a Feminist Criminological Imagination

5. Criminal Women in Prison Who Self-harm: What Can We Learn from Their Experiences

6. Criminal Mothers: The Persisting Pains of Maternal Imprisonment

7. “The World Split Open”: Writing, Teaching and Learning with Women in Prison

8. Women’s Biographies Through Prison

Afterword – Loraine Gelsthorpe