Women crime and the criminal justice system: what show the official crime statistics?

Stefanovska, Vesna (2018) Women crime and the criminal justice system: what show the official crime statistics? Conference proceedings: Towards a better future: the rule of law, democracy and polycentric development?, Vol. I,. pp. 292-303.

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Abstract

The ideas to raise the visibility of women within the criminological research, to address their role as both, offenders and victims and to understand crime as a male activity, not only as a result of sex differences, but also as a result of gender differences in the 70s begin to develop the feminist perspectives in criminology. In addition, ignorance of the criminality of women by traditional criminology also puts aside other issues such as the role of the criminal justice system in their criminalization and victimization. So, and considering that in the last two decades of the 20th century the rate of female crime and female imprisonment has increased, there is a need to research girls, women, women's crimes and the role of the criminal justice system in response to that crime. In the Republic of Macedonia, also the women crime has always been on the margins of criminological research. In that sense and having in mind the ongoing debates regarding the main thesis of emancipation and marginalization related to female crime, this article opens up several questions: why there is a collision between the two main theses and how can we explain the concept of role strain. In addition, we will make brief overview of women’s crime in our country through the official statistics in our criminal justice and penal system regarding its rate, reported and convicted women offenders, and in relation to certain phenomenological characteristics according to nationality, previous conviction, education and age. General conclusions are that the rate of reported and convicted women offenders is slightly decreased, but that the prison sentences are more easily pronounced against minority poor and marginalized women groups in our society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Law
Divisions: Faculty of Security
Depositing User: Olivera Trajanova
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 16:24
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2021 16:24
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/6450

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