In the minds of female offenders, survival pertains to providing additional drug to their addiction or to escape horrifying intimate relationships as well as to avoid brutal social interactions (Graham et al. , 1994). Female offenders kept in prisons generally carry a history of insufficient or problematic social, economic and educational conditions. In addition, these females also carry a history of violence or victimization in their previous lives (Freudenberg et al. , 1998).
These enumerated factors show that female offenders have a higher degree of exposure to domestic violence, in its sexual and physical forms. It is thus important that female offenders be kept incarcerated because these individuals have a high tendency to repeat the crimes they have committed due to their strong historical backgrounds that are associated with violence and abuse. It has been reported that the population of female offenders are disproportionately composed of women of color, such as African-Americans and Hispanics.
In addition, most of the female offenders have lived for a significant portion of their lives amidst violence. It is unfortunate to know that females are often at a disadvantage in terms of violence because these individual are often perceived as the weaker sex. This situation becomes more complicated because abused or violated females are often reluctant in reporting their incidents of abuse for fear of being harmed by the perpetrator. Women are also the usual sex that are illegally employed and this includes the business of drug trafficking.
There are also associated employment reports of women in unlawful sex agencies and since these women are aware that they are holding an illegal position, they are less likely to approach a law enforcement officer to report a crime that has been committed on them, such as rape or physical abuse. Research has indicated that there is a strong correlation between a female offender’s criminal act and her previous life that generally includes another specific illegal activity such as victimization, drug trafficking and violence.
The past exposure and involvement of female offenders to different kinds of violence and unlawful events makes them more likely to repeat such acts because they have been used to living such lives. If a female offender is released, she will most likely perform an illegal act again because she needs to find a way to earn money to survive and provide for her self.
In addition, first-time offenders of sex trafficking are usually only given a warning and when arrested again for the same crime, these women are incarcerated. Female offenders should thus be kept incarcerated because their existence in jail means that they have been caught more than once committing sex trafficking, which in turn means that they have repeated the crime even after they have been warned by law enforcement that working in the sex industry is unlawful.
If a female offender is released, it is most probably that this female offender will repeat the same crime again. In addition, the sex industry or prostitution is known as the oldest profession in society, yet it does not significantly help out in the economy of a city or state. There is also the risk of spreading diseases through this profession. It is thus imperative that female offenders be kept incarcerated even if they only committed a non-violent crime.