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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(2), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8020052

Penal and Custodial Control of Female Criminality in Spain from a Gender Perspective

Department of Public, Criminal and Procedural International Law, University of Cadiz, 11405 Jerez, Spain
Received: 3 January 2019 / Revised: 1 February 2019 / Accepted: 12 February 2019 / Published: 14 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice)
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Abstract

Gender is a uniquely important factor in women’s lives and female criminality alike: A study of statistics on female criminality worldwide shows that several gender-related factors may determine a woman’s commission of an offence, her life in prison, and perhaps even her future. Reflecting on this problem based solely on official statistics is difficult because some variables remain invisible from this perspective. Consequently, it is necessary to study the problem by applying criminological methods and examining past judgements. Whether it be an analysis of offences predominantly associated with women in the statistics (drug trafficking), or of other crimes that are not (terrorism, white/pink-collar crime), it is possible to identify gender patterns that in micro-criminological terms serve to elucidate the reasons why these women have committed an offence. It may even be possible to prevent female criminality by tackling the gender stereotypes that are present in all these crimes. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender perspective; female criminality; prison treatment gender perspective; female criminality; prison treatment
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