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NCJ Number: 185851 Find in a Library
Title: Women Offenders Serving Long Sentences in Custody
Journal: Forum on Corrections Research  Volume:12  Issue:3  Dated:September 2000  Pages:25-28
Author(s): Brian A. Grant; Sara L. Johnson
Editor(s): Larry Motiuk
Date Published: September 2000
Page Count: 4
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article profiles characteristics of female offenders serving long sentences in Federal custody in Canada as of February 1, 1999.
Abstract: The female offenders were divided into three groups--lifers serving sentences for first degree murder, lifers serving sentences for second degree murder, and offenders serving fixed sentences of 10 years or more. It was found about 25 percent of female offenders in custody were serving long sentences, as compared to about 33 percent of male offenders. Approximately 75 percent of women serving long sentences were Caucasian, while 15 percent were Aboriginal and 10 percent were from other racial groups. Female offenders in the first degree murder group were an average of 10 years older than female offenders in the other two groups. The most serious offenses committed by women in custody serving long determinate sentences were manslaughter, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder. Female offenders serving sentences for first degree murder were rated as having fewer criminogenic needs than female offenders in the other two groups. Based on the comparisons made, the female offenders serving life sentences for second degree murder showed characteristics more similar to female offenders serving determinate sentences of 10 years or more than female offenders serving life sentences for first degree murder. The authors believe characteristics of female offenders serving sentences for first degree murder present an important challenge for correctional personnel since these women will spend a considerable amount of their life incarcerated. 4 footnotes, 3 tables, and 2 figures
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Canada; Crime in foreign countries; Determinate Sentencing; Female inmates; Female murderers; Female offenders; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign inmates; Foreign sentencing; Inmate characteristics; Life sentences; Long-term imprisonment; Male female offender comparisons; Male offenders; Manslaughter; Murder; Offender profiles; Violent females; Violent offenders; Violent women
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