The Correlation Between Male And Female Crime Rates And Offences

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Most studies conducted to understand crime have focused mainly on male crime, seeing as how men have far higher criminal rates and offences than women. Gender does play an important role when looking at the difference in the rates of crimes, and the types of specific crimes committed by both males and females. The statistics of male and female criminal offence rates, as expected do differ greatly, once again because of the fact that most crime is committed by men. However why is this so? Certain theories such as the sex role theory which relates to gender roles, the social control theory and the liberation theory have all been explored as ways to explain the low female crime rates. Although an increase has been shown in the rates of female criminality during the past years, the numbers when compared to males still don’t come close.
Across all cultures and races the thought that men commit more crime than women seem to be unanimous. Not only is this notion so widely accepted, it also proved to be true and therefore as evidenced in statistics relating to gender and crime overall, it is a fact. According to the statistics gathered from the Australian Institute of Criminology, the evidence recorded more than supports this. Statistics taken from 1984 to 2007, show that from June 2002 to June 2006, the number of male prisoners decreased by 19 percent and for female it increased by 17 percent. However, by June 2007, the number of males in prison were 561 whereas there were only 87…

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