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This study involved an assessment of the relevance of women’s background characteristics for predicting their offending in prison. Data were collected from over 650 women confined in a large prison for women in a Midwestern state, and the relative effects of these factors were examined. Findings revealed that background characteristics reflecting social demographics (e.g. race, sexual orientation) and women’s life experiences (e.g. abuse as a child) were relevant for predicting women’s violent and nonviolent misbehavior in prison.
Steiner, B., Wright, E.M., & Toto, S. (2019, April 20). The sources of violent and nonviolent offending among women in prison. Justice Quarterly, 37(4), 644-666. https://doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2019.1597914
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