Book Review: "Malloch, Margaret and McIvor, Gill (eds), 2013 Women, Punishment and Social Justice: Human Rights and Penal Practices. London, UK: Routledge"

Dragiewicz, Molly (2013) Book Review: "Malloch, Margaret and McIvor, Gill (eds), 2013 Women, Punishment and Social Justice: Human Rights and Penal Practices. London, UK: Routledge". International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2(2), pp. 148-150.

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Sensationalised attention to women’s crime and violence is a recurring feature in popular media. While skyrocketing rates of arrest and imprisonment (Lawston 110) seem to reflect the popular perception that women’s crime is on the increase, research evidence points to shifting criminal justice and welfare practices as the primary causes rather than significant changes in crime itself (Malloch and McIvor 3). Despite prurient interest in women in conflict with the law, practitioners and advocates in some countries have recognised that prison is an inappropriate response to women’s law breaking for decades (Beglan 252, Lawston 117). Accordingly, they have worked to reform penal practices in order to ameliorate the harms of imprisonment and have begun to build alternative programs to divert women out of the prison pipeline into community‐based programs. The growth of community‐based sanctions and gender responsive policies has coincided with the global financial crisis and at times dovetailed neatly with retrenchment efforts. However, shifting criminal justice approaches to women have tended toward individualisation and co‐optation rather than deep structural change. This collection offers a nuanced approach to gendered penal practices in institutions and communities and a call for productive social change rooted in human rights principles...

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ID Code: 97929
Item Type: Review
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: women, punishment, justice, rights, social
DOI: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v2i2.117
ISSN: 2202-8005
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: 2013 Molly Dragiewicz
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2016 23:14
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 23:14

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