Exploring the Nature of Violent Offending by Females

Barbara Koons-Witt, University of South Carolina
Pamela J. Schram, California State Univ., San Bernardino

ABSTRACT
Compared to men, the number of women incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails is increasing at a relatively faster rate. From 1985 to 1995, the incarceration rate for men almost doubled (691,800 to 1,437,600); during this same time period, the incareration rate for women nearly tripled (40,500 to 113,100) (Office of Justice Programs, 19888). In 1997, over 127,000 women were incarerated in jails and prisons across the country: almost 75,000 ins tate and federal prisons and approximately 52,000 in local jails (Owen, 2001, pp. 243-244).

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