In the past thirty years, women and crime has become a major intellectual and professional specialty. The Crimes Women Commit: The Punishments They Receive represents the third edition of Women in Crime, a classic in the field by Rita J. Simon first published in 1975. This classic text will become an essential tool for teachers and researchers within criminology and criminal justice, and among the subfields within sociology, psychology, and economics, where research on women who commit crimes has grown into a major area of interest.
Rita J. Simon is a University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including Global Perspectives on Social Issues: Juvenile Justice Systems (with Paola Zalkind, Lexington Books, 2004), and Adoption Across Borders (with Howard Altstein, Rowman and Littlefield, 2000). Heather Ahn-Redding is a Doctoral candidate in Justice, Law, and Society at American University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Women and Crime in Review Chapter 3 The Contemporary Women's Movement Chapter 4 American Women: Their Demographic and Status Characteristics Chapter 5 Arrest Statistics Chapter 6 Women in Court Chapter 7 Women in Prison Chapter 8 Epilogue