No-Woman’s Land? On Female Crime and Incarceration, Past, Present, and Future

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Abstract

The perception of penitentiaries as male institutions dates back to the late MiddleAges, when urban governments across Europe began constructing prisons as cogs in their growing machineries of justice. Already then, female incarceration contrasted sharply, intentionally, and symbolically with that of men, rendering women prison “incasts” in ways that parallel their marginal and vulnerable situation today. And yet few of the major pains of
incarceration afflicting modern female prisoners seem to have been common to the
experiences of their medieval predecessors. What made the difference, and how can it inform approaches to female inmates and female criminality in general?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalJustice Policy Journal
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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