How might you explain to someone not studying criminal justice about the rate and reasoning behind women committing property crime?

Discussion 1 Watch a short video of either Rosa or Cyntoia’s story from the documentary, “Girls on the Wall” (strongly recommended but not available for free online). This website has a few different clips of each woman. After watching the clip from the documentary, explain how her story captures what you learned about the types, frequencies and rates of violent and/or property crime women commit. Use concrete data from class to substantiate your answer!
https://illinois.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/women-and-girls-in-the-criminal-justice-system/#.YBIQVy2cZQI
Discussion 2. How might you explain to someone not studying criminal justice about the rate and reasoning behind women committing property crime? Remember to use empirical data in your explanation.
(Respond to Aaron)Student Answer
Given Cyntoia’s difficult young life we see a pathway an unfortunate one. Her birthmother had her at 16 and drank heavily daily during her pregnancy resulting in possible fetal alcohol syndrome. In addition, Cyntoia experienced abandonment since her biological mother was not a constant in her life. As a young girl she was adopted, and her adopted father was physically abusive mother wanted her “to be perfect”. As a young teenager Cyntoia ran away and found herself in a physically and mentally abusive relationship. Her boyfriend was also pimping her for money.
We know from pervious readings that women offenders are typically low income, undereducated, unskilled, have inconsistent employment histories, and are women of color. These women are less likely to commit a violent crime, unlike men. The women are more likely to commit drug offenses and property related crimes driven by drug and/or alcohol addiction. The pathway defined, women in the criminal justice system have grown up in a single parent household and are more likely than men to have had at least one family member incarcerated. They also endure physical and sexual abuse in their childhoods. (Belknap,2001; Owen1998) Unfortunately, Cyntoia’s pathway has many similarities that led her to the criminal justice system.
respond to student (Ashley)
Our lecture this week talks about how abuse and prostitution are correlated. In one of the clips, we learned that Cyntoia Brown was abused as a child. Her adoptive parents, specifically her dad, would hit her. After running away from home, she was then forced into prostitution by some guy she was living with, Garion McGlothen. The lecture also mentions women committing crimes for means of survival. In one of the clips Cyntoia was asked why she stayed with Garion and she explained how if she left, he would kill her. She had to stay and listen to what he told her because she was afraid he would kill her.

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