Gender & Crime

This graduate course will include an in-depth study of gender issues in criminal justice system. The class will start with a historical view of female criminality and then examine the empirical reality of female offending. Discussions will cover theoretical explanations for female offending and the processing of female offenders throughout the criminal justice system, from arrest to parole. Students will also learn about females as victims of crime and their experiences with criminal justice system. Further, the class will explore the issues faced by female professionals employed within the criminal justice system. Students will also learn how to critically assess the current information on female offenders and victims in order to determine the best way to address their needs and issues.