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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Professional decision making and women offenders: Containing the chaos?
Author(s): Barry, Monica Anne
McIvor, Gill
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Keywords: offenders
risk assessment
Female offenders Scotland
Recidivism Scotland Prevention
Criminal justice, Administration of Scotland Evaluation
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Date Deposited: 7-Apr-2010
Citation: Barry MA & McIvor G (2010) Professional decision making and women offenders: Containing the chaos?. Probation Journal, 57 (1), pp. 27-41.;
Abstract: This article draws on the findings from research undertaken in south-east Scotland in 2008 which sought to identify the characteristics of female offenders and to document the views of policy makers and practitioners regarding the experiences of women involved in the Scottish criminal justice system. Despite Scotland having retained a stronger ‘welfare’ focus than elsewhere in the UK (e.g. McAra, 2008), this is not reflected in the treatment of women who offend, with the rate of female imprisonment having almost doubled in the last ten years and community based disposals falling short of a welfare-oriented system. This article explores why the treatment that women offenders receive in the criminal justice system may be harsh and disproportionate both in relation to their offending and in relation to the treatment of men. It is argued that interventions with women need to be initiated earlier in their cycle of offending and at an earlier stage in the criminal justice process but also that the wide-ranging health, welfare, financial and behavioural needs of women who offend cannot be met solely within an increasingly risk-averse and punitive criminal justice environment.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0264550509346193
Rights: Published in Probation Journal. Copyright: Sage / Napo, The Trade Union and Professional Association for Family Court and Probation Staff.; The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Probation Journal, Volume 57, Issue 1, 2010, © SAGE Publications, Inc. / Napo, The Trade Union and Professional Association for Family Court and Probation Staff, 2010 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Probation Journal page: on SAGE Journals Online:

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