Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXXI, No. 633 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY June 2005

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
No fueling: Weighing the options as gas prices climb.
Learning from experience: More vets needed for Mass. influx of rookies.
Knocking down barriers: Oakland PD changes fitness standard.
Small idea: Added realism for tabletop training.
Sharing the load: Pa. police get their crime-control message across.
Crash course: County is fed up with glitch-plagued CAD system.
End of an era? Autonomous housing police forces are dying off.
People & Places: Tale of the dog; playing catch-up; there ought to be a law; like father, like son; swords into plowshares; going, gone.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules.
Giving the FBI the finger: Serial killer eludes the IAFIS database.
Keeping current: Aging posters to stay on top of long-gone fugitives.
Criminal Justice Library: Leadership lessons; problems meet solutions.
Forum: Female offenders and ‘decarceration.’
Continuing fallout: New wrinkles in Oklahoma City bombing case.
Home is where? Fake addresses to aid Nevada stalking victims.

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Female offenders & ‘decarceration’

     In an age when women have demanded equality and the same rights as men, female criminals may not necessarily benefit from the same punishment as their male counterparts. Studies have shown that men and women have different and special needs that must to be taken into consideration, when it comes to criminal activity and incarceration. Women and men also have different roles in society and the family life.

     Statistically, the number of women in prison is on the rise. The crimes that women are committing show us that most female inmates are not dangerous and are not behavioral risks to society; they don’t need to be completely cut off from the world to be rehabilitated. The women who do find themselves behind bars are most often first-time offenders serving time for personal drug use and possession of drugs. These women usually have no record of a violent past. ...