Woman behind bars

Caribbean Women & Crime

This lecture will discuss a recent study on risk factors for offending among Dutch Caribbean born women that was conducted by the VU University Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). For this study 330 women born in Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Saba or St. Eustatius were interviewed in the Netherlands, Curacao or Aruba on life experiences and exposure to potential criminogenic factors. Interviews were conducted both in the general population and in various female prisons both local as in the Netherlands. The main results of this study will be presented with the aim to increase academic, governmental, and societal attention for the topic of pathways into crime among Dutch Caribbean women.

By Katharina J. Joosen and Anne-Marie Slotboom

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