Masson, Isla and Booth, Natalie (2023). Introduction. In: Masson, Isla and Booth, Natalie eds. The Routledge Handbook of Women's Experiences of Criminal Justice. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 1–5.



This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of womens experiences in international criminal justice systems (CJSs), including historical and contemporary policy and practice. It is relevant for those studying and/or working in criminology, sociology, social work, youth justice, and many other disciplines that directly or indirectly discuss and/or work with women in contact with justice systems. Routes into the Criminal Justice System. The chapter examines the many ways in which women enter different CJSs. While not an exhaustive list, some of the recurrent issues identified in the chapter discusses women's victimisation, challenging family circumstances, class-based inequalities, racial discrimination, and marginalisation from policies and practices that offer the potential to safeguard and/or support women. It is through the tireless work of contributors and their peers, positive change is being made, and authors hope that they can continue to build upon good practice and work collaboratively together.

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