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September 16, 2009

Data bleg on gender, crime, victims and punishment

For various reasons, I have been thinking a lot lately about the gender realities in crime and punishment, and I am starting a new scholarly project that call for citing some historical and modern data relating to gender, crime, victims and punishment.  Thus, I thought it useful and wise to make this data bleg:

Can folks cite/link for meeither in the comments below or via e-mailthe best-known and/or most accurate and reliable historical and modern data breaking down with particularity gender dynamics surrounding criminal offending and crime victims? 

I would also be interesting in gendered data concerning sentencing and punishment for various crimes in various eras.  Thanks!

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I just want to poin out that the idea of historical data on gender is somewhat of an oxymoron. The concept of "gender" as opposed to "sex" is a recent one that has really only come to be accepted (to some extent) within the last 20 years or so. I am sure you might be able to develop some historical data regarding sex and crime, but gender not so much. Talking about data from the 1970s and before as gendered data is just an historical anachronism.

Posted by: Daniel | Sep 16, 2009 1:10:35 PM

If you are not aware of it yet, the National Institute of Corrections might have some of what you are looking for. Its library appears to be comprehensive.

Posted by: George | Sep 16, 2009 4:08:50 PM

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