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Focusing on women in Illinois prisons, this study investigates women's crimes and punishments over the past century and a half. A wide range of factors, including race and relative poverty, are examined. While there have over time been changes in the perception and punishment of criminality among women, Dodge points out that female prisoners have generally been treated as failures both in society and among other women.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780875806112
ISBN-10: 0875806112
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Northern Illinois University Press
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - L.Mara Dodge

L. Mara Dodge, at one time a college instructor within the Illinois prison system, is Assistant Professor of History at Westfield State College in Massachusetts.