The Responsible Woman: Constructions of Female Offending in Rehabilitation Programmes

Judith Rumgay, London School of Economics

This paper explores constructions of female offending in professional accounts of women entering a residential programme, with particular focus on perceptions of their responsibility for crime. It finds that attributions of responsibility and blameworthiness vary according to the type and circumstances of the offence, its relational context and victim identity, a woman's mental condition, and her own perception of her culpability. Implications for designing rehabilitative programmes which take account of these variations are considered.

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