Law Enforcement Case Study

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1. These questions deal with the gendered nature of the organizational structure and logic of law enforcement (include COs). [Answer 3 of the following – This section is worth 30 points]
a. How and why is the paternalistic view of women a catch 22 for women in law enforcement and corrections?
i. When officers first begin field training, (which is the time where they are expected to learn “the tricks of the trade”) they are usually place as floaters, or stand-ins “for officers on leave or off duty”, and as openings occur, “they obtain permanent assignments” (DJDG 78-80). Beyond just learning the “tricks of the trade”, this time period is when potential officers build their self-confidence and long-term reputation, in addition to seeing how
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Women respond to police culture in two ways (DJDG 96-99). By, either, leaving or by developing coping strategies (DJDG 96-99). Some, such as the one by Susan Martin, suggest that women, in male dominated jobs like police work, had higher turnover rates than men (almost 3 times higher than men for nonretirement reasons (DJDG 96-99). But, by leaving, it can result in “diminishing their efforts to increase women’s representation and would increase the time it takes for women to enter seniority (DJDG 96-99). On the other hand, women develop coping strategies in order to stop themselves from leaving and reduce the stress they feel (DJDG 96-99). Martin identifies two types of adaptations she calls POLICEwomen and policeWOMEN (DJDG 96-99). In the former, women try to take on the beliefs of the male-dominated police culture (which includes aggression, loyalty, and being macho) in an attempt to be one-of-the-guys (DJDG 96-99). This can result in only women being further typified as an “other”, such as calling women a dyke or a bitch, thus portraying the double standard they face (DJDG 96-99). In the latter, women overact the stereotype of gender (by being sacred of injury, not assertive, and the taking on of gender roles such as being a seductress or a mother) (DJDG 96-99). This can result in women embracing the service aspect over being stuck in the position, and unable to further themselves in the job (DJDG 96-99). But, in arguing that many don’t portray one extreme …show more content…
Yes, programming for women and girls should be gender specific. Girls are being disproportionately affected by an increase in the detention rate of girls, which is almost 50% higher than the rise for boys. This is mostly due to a rise in girls being referred to/detained for person offenses and/or a rise in the states desire to reinsitutionalize status offenses. This rise can be seen by Washington’s “Becca’s Bill” to allow for the detention of runaways in a state facility for up to 5-7 days. Another area that disproportionately affects girls (due to the rise in a desire for status offenses) are administrative offenses. Girls were being punished for acts (such as “failing to attend treatment, failing to obey curfew, and for not abstaining for alcohol” or drugs). This replacement of status offenses, is what the book calls bootstrapping, which results in “harsh and inequitable treatment of girls charged with status offenses”. Moreover, girls were more likely to be detained for status offenses and parent commitment than boys are. Lastly, gender specific programing is also needed when you add race into the different treatment that women face. In the study conducted by Jody Miller, she found that Latinas make the largest proportion of girls in the juvenile system (43%) compared to white girls (34%) and African American girls (23%). The study goes on to find that white girls are more likely to be given or recommended for treatment (75%) over detention compared to Latinas (34.6%)

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