National trends in female arrests, 1960-1990: Assessment and recommendations for research

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Abstract

Trends in female criminality from 1960 to 1990 are examined. The main focus is UCR arrest statistics but other sources of evidence are also used. Major findings include the following: (1) relative to males, the profile of the female offender has not changed; and (2) the principal change in the female percentage of arrests involves the overall rise in property crime, especially minor thefts and frauds. The effects of broad-based legal and societal trends on female criminality are discussed and an agenda for research on the issue of female crime trends is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-441
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Quantitative Criminology
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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