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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

The Incarcerated Black Woman

Our society has long participated in the double standard of justice. Their is one for women offenders and yet another for the male offender. Women often encounter reverse discrimination within the Criminal Justice System. Receiving lighter and more lenient treatment. Even with this management, female criminality has had a phenomenal increase. According to the FBI Crime Index female offenders in 1974 accounted for 21% of nation wide inmates. This is an increase of 108.8% in comparison to their male counterparts who increased by 23.7%. This paper will explore the perceived causes and effects incarceration has on the black woman, the family, and society.

Presenter: Shindair Murray (Undergraduate Student)
Location: 104 Holmes
Time: 11:15 am (Session II)