The relationship between gender and crime

Scenario: You are a rookie officer in your local police department. One afternoon, a security guard at the town mall calls you to report she has caught a female shoplifting. The shoplifter is belligerent, alternating between telling you that her boyfriend is going to “freak out” because of this, and then, behaving in sexually inappropriate ways towards you (acting very provocatively). She avoids eye contact, her skin is irritated, and she appears to have bruised arms. You do not know how old she is; she appears to be anywhere from 15-25 years old. She says she is living with her boyfriend’s family in a rundown part of town.

What are the possibilities here? What can we not see? How could you use this understanding to better the criminal justice system either as a future cop, researcher or policy maker?





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