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NCJ Number: 152559 Find in a Library
Title: Casualties of the Criminal Justice System: Women and Justice Under the War on Drugs
Journal: Canadian Journal of Women and the Law  Volume:6  Issue:2  Dated:(1993)  Pages:305-327
Author(s): D L Martin
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 23
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This paper considers criminal justice doctrine and ideology as they serve and preserve power imbalances and inequity, with a focus on the impact of the "war on drugs" on poor women.
Abstract: The "war on drugs" is an ideological device within the criminal justice system that targets drug use as particularly evil behavior that deserves severe punishment. As applied to single women with children, the patriarchal courts view such drug-using women as particularly evil, since their behavior affects their children. Most often these drug-using women are poor and live under social and psychological conditions that spawn drug use as coping behavior. Feminist analyses of various criminal justice issues that impact women, such as spousal abuse, have typically focused on greater intervention by the criminal justice system to protect women. In the case of the "war on drugs," feminist analyses and action should focus on protecting women from the criminal justice system. The focus of public policy should be on preventive and treatment measures that will relieve poor mothers of the stress and despair that precipitates their drug use. 58 footnotes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Drug Policy; Female offenders; Police policies and procedures; Social conditions
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