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

Piper, AJ and Nagy, VM ORCID: 0000-0002-2041-1080 2018 , 'Risk factors and pathways to imprisonment among incarcerated women in Victoria, 1860–1920' , Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 42, no. 3 , 268–284 , doi: 10.1080/14443058.2018.1489300.

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Piper, AJ and Nagy, VM
Keywords: risk factors, female offending, Victoria
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Australian Studies
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1835-6419
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/14443058.2018.1489300
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Copyright 2018 International Australian Studies Association

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