DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION 5
Althoughthe offense rate among women is not as high as the criminalactivities that men commit, there are specific violent delinquenciesobserved among this population. Women who find it difficult to make aliving engage in illegal activities such as robbery, larceny-theft,and drug peddling. The criminal justice system is less likely toarrest women as a result of committing serious offenses, and thisillustrates one of the differences between them and the malelawbreakers. Out of the total number of sentenced inmates, most ofthe women commit property crimes (Carson & Golineli, 2013). Thesetypes of wrongs include fraud, larceny, and burglary.
Accordingto the information from the questionnaires and interviews conductedon the prisoners, they indicated that most of the victims of theircrimes were fellow women. The majority of these inmates stated thatthey did not commit violent crimes, but those involved in this typeof felony reported that their victims were both male and female inequal proportion. On the other hand, women commit crimes in differentsettings, but most of them cite economic distress as the primaryreason as to why they do the misconduct. The majority of the propertycrimes that the inmates committed were done in the urban setting.Those that live in the poor parts of the city would have neighborhoodconditions that promote crime due to the lack of legal employmentopportunities.
Forthe women that commit violent crimes, most of them do not use deadlyweapons such as guns. Some of the women perpetrated their extremedelinquencies using weapons such as knives, and most of them reportedthat they abused drugs. However, the majority of the women convictswho abuse drugs do so as a way of coping with the pressures of lifesuch as harsh social conditions (Liddell & Martinovic, 2013). Thewrongdoers also indicated that they would severely harm theirvictims, especially when they thought that the person might overpowerthem. When the felons commit the transgressions with the assistanceof other people, they would often be part of gangs (Becker &McCorkel, 2011). Although only a small proportion of women commitviolent crimes, their involvement in gangs would make them try to fitin and become more brutal in their offenses.
Theanticipated findings provide insight on the violent delinquenciesthat women commit, as one can point out some of the gender-specificaspects that make the identified group engage in crime. The resultsindicate that the criminal activities that the majority of theincarcerated women have committed include robbery, larceny-theft, anddrug possession. Also, the identification of the setting where theincarcerated women did their misconducts, and the weapons they usedto provide relevant answers to the research questions. Although theresearch methodology for this study is an effective way to obtaininformation from the inmates, it might have some limitations. Thesedrawbacks include a limited sample size and unreliability of datafrom the respondents.
Theresults of this study would be significant in the implementation ofcriminal justice policies. Criminal justice personnel wouldunderstand that most of the women that commit violent crimes mightalso have abused drugs before felonies. When people involved in crimeprevention identify the social conditions that make women commitcrimes, they can focus on curbing these issues first. The managers incriminal justice agencies would also use the findings in the study toguide personnel in identifying the criminal activities that womenoften commit. Information such as burglaries in the poorneighborhoods and the involvement of women in gangs would providecriminal justice personnel the offending patterns of what wouldreduce crime. The research possibilities related to this proposedstudy include finding out the risk factors that make women commitcrimes and the influence that drug use has on criminal activities.
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