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Risk factors and pathways to imprisonment among incarcerated women in Victoria, 1860–1920


Piper, AJ and Nagy, VM, Risk factors and pathways to imprisonment among incarcerated women in Victoria, 1860-1920, Journal of Australian Studies, 42, (3) pp. 268-284. ISSN 1835-6419 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14443058.2018.1489300


Criminological studies have found that men’s and women’s pathways to imprisonment differ, with risk factors such as substance abuse, mental illness, socioeconomic circumstances and past victimisation more strongly associated with female prisoners. However, limited quantitative or longitudinal research exists on how the risk factors associated with female offending may have shifted over time. This article investigates the criminal careers and pathways to imprisonment of 6,042 women incarcerated in Victoria between 1860 and 1920, and the risk factors associated with subsequent recidivism. The findings suggest that, while many of today’s risk factors were present historically, there have been notable shifts across time.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:risk factors, female offending, Victoria
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Nagy, VM (Dr Vicky Nagy)
ID Code:133785
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2019-07-10
Last Modified:2019-08-06

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