Criminology at Crossroads

Australian prisons host more men than women. In fact, according to the 2004/2005 prison reports in Australia, there were 93% men in prison while 7% of the prisoners were women. Despite this kind of statistical data it is alarming that the rate of women prisoners in Australia is increasing twice as much as that of men. Most of the imprisoned women are natives of Australia. The main reason as to why most prisoners are men is the fact that men are naturally more violent than women.

More so, even if women were violent they have limited energetic reserves to participate in enthusiastic activities that would result in crime. It was also observed that men were more likely to commit crimes of sexual assault, robbery and extortion in large numbers than women would. This statistics is directly related to violence. On the other hand, females are more prone to crimes like drug trafficking and theft unlike men, (Daly K. and Maher L. 1998).

Another reason for fewer women in prison than men is that women are more probable to be put under probation than men. More over, majority of women are usually sentenced for a short duration of time. Women are bound to be less in prisons because they are brought up in very strong social controls unlike men. Majority of families do not control the behavior of boys and men after teenage thus they engage widely in risky operations. Most boys simply escape unnoticed in odd hours of the night.

They may go to social places like bars, clubs, or even join violent peers that influence their behavior towards crime. Most women are cautious. They fear being labeled as ‘criminals’ ‘whores or witches. ’ In conclusion, most men pave there way to crime and imprisonment through ignorance, daring nature and violence as well as active interaction with wide varieties of environment and people at different regions. References Daly K. & Maher L. (1998). Criminology at Crossroads: Feminist Readings in Crime and Justice. London: Oxford University Press.