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Justice for Women in a System Geared to Men

Published: July 12, 2010.
Released by University of Leicester

British Society of Criminology conference Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Dilemmas and Diversity in Criminology at University of Leicester July 11-14 Professor Carol Hedderman will discuss Current government policy on women offenders in England and Wales at 11.15am on Wednesday 14 July. The female prison population for women has risen at a much sharper rate than men's, yet their offending is less serious and less frequent.

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