Special Issue "Criminology and Criminal Justice"

A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Samantha Jeffries
Guest Editor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Brisbane, 4122, Australia
Interests: gender studies; sociology; prisons; courts; domestic violence; qualitative analysis; social exclusion; feminist theory; ethnography; multiculturalism; ethnicity; indigeneity; narrative analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Gender is one of the most powerful predictors of offending, criminalisation and victimisation. In addition, gender impacts experiences of criminal justice.  Men are more likely than women to commit crime, particularly serious violence, are more likely to be the victims of violence (at the hands of other men) and, remain grossly over-represented in criminal justice systems throughout the world. However, the number of women subject to criminalisation, particularly imprisonment, has increased significantly over the last few decades and violence by men against women (e.g. domestic and sexual violence) is a globally pervasive problem.  Despite this, the discipline of criminology has predominately been concerned with explaining the criminalisation of men. This shifted slightly in the 1970’s with the development of feminist criminology and by the 1980’s the gendered nature of male offending also started to be explored.  More recently, intersections with other social statuses (e.g. race/ethnicity/Indigeneity, age, class/caste) have been increasingly examined. However, criminological scholarship continues to be relatively silent when it comes to the offending, criminalisation and criminal justice experiences of those who fall outside the normative gender binary and scholarship outside of western societal contexts is still in its infancy.

This Special Issue intends to progress contemporary dialogues on gender, crime, criminalisation, victimisation, criminal justice and law. We welcome contributions that expand understandings of gender in these areas including research, theoretical, policy and practice-based articles. More specifically contributions in the following areas are sought:

  1. The gendered nature of offending and criminalisation
  2. The gendered nature of victimisation
  3. Gendered experiences of criminal justice
  4. Gendered perspectives in criminal law, criminal justice policy and practice
  5. Intersections between gender and other social statuses in experiences of offending, criminalisation, victimisation and criminal justice.

Prof. Samantha Jeffries
Guest Editor

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  • gender
  • crime
  • criminalisation
  • victimisation
  • criminal law
  • criminal justice
  • intersectionality

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Expectations and Experiences of Women Imprisoned for Drug Offending and Returning to Communities in Thailand: Understanding Women’s Pathways Into, Through, and Post-Imprisonment
Laws 2020, 9(2), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/laws9020015 - 22 Jun 2020
Thailand places a high priority on the gender-specific contexts out of which offending arises and the differential needs of women in the criminal justice system. Despite this, Thailand has the highest female incarceration rate in South East Asia and there has been substantial [...] Read more.
Thailand places a high priority on the gender-specific contexts out of which offending arises and the differential needs of women in the criminal justice system. Despite this, Thailand has the highest female incarceration rate in South East Asia and there has been substantial growth since the 1990s. This increase has been driven by punitive changes in drug law, criminal justice policy/practice which have disproportionately impacted women. As female representation in Thailand’s prisons grows, so does the number of women who return to communities. Thus, one of the challenges facing Thai society is the efficacious re-integration of growing numbers of formally incarcerated women. However, what is known about re-entry comes almost exclusively from studies of prisoners (usually men) returning home in western societies. Re-integration does not occur in a vacuum. Supporting women post-release necessitates knowledge of their pathways to, experiences of, and journeys out of prison. Utilising in-depth interviews with (n = 80) imprisoned/formally incarcerated women and focus groups with (n = 16) correctional staff, this paper reports findings from the first comprehensive study of women’s re-integration expectations and experiences in Thailand. Findings showed that women had multifaceted and intersectional needs which directed their pathways into, during, and out of prison. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Criminology and Criminal Justice)
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