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Title: Pathways to Prison: Impact of Victimization in the Lives of Incarcerated Women
Author(s): Dana D. DeHart Ph.D.
Corporate Author: University of South Carolina
United States of America
Date Published: September 2004
Page Count: 94
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Grant Number: 2000-WT-VX-0010
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined victimization as a risk factor for criminal involvement among incarcerated women.
Abstract: Some theorists have contended that women’s involvement in criminal activities can be attributed to social problems that often result in the physical, sexual, and psychological victimization of these women. As the female incarceration rate continues to swell in the United States, researchers have been called upon to study the gender-specific motivations and needs of female offenders. The current study answers this call by examining the links between female victimization and women’s involvement in crime. Researchers interviewed 60 women incarcerated in a maximum-security correctional facility for various offenses including drug offenses, property offenses, child abuse and neglect, and violent offenses. The interviews focused on the offender’s perspective of the victimization experienced in her life, as well as her history of family and peer relationships, substance use, and criminal involvement. A grounded-theory approach guided the qualitative analysis of the interview transcripts, which were analyzed with the assistance of the ATLAS/ti software program. The findings revealed several major ways in which victimization impacted the female offenders, including the victimization’s effects on health and psychosocial functioning. In some cases, the victimization led directly to the commission of the offense in that the women were coerced into the criminal activity. The cumulative impact of multiple victimizations as a contributing factor in women’s criminal involvement is discussed and case studies are provided to illustrate main findings. Implications for practice, policy, and prevention are discussed. Future analysis should continue to focus on the relationship between female victimization and female crime. References, tables, figure, appendix
Main Term(s): Female offenders; Victimization
Index Term(s): Female crime patterns; Female inmates; NIJ grant-related documents; Personal interviews
Note: Dataset may be archived by the NIJ Data Resources Program at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
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