The Justice Women

The Female Presence in the Criminal Justice System 1800-1970
Author(s): Stephen Wade
Original Publish Date: Oct 30, 2015
Product Number: EB00807503
Released: Feb 11, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781473870697
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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The first policewomen were established during the Great War, but with no powers of arrest; the first women lawyers did not practise until the early twentieth century, and despite the fact that women worked as matrons in Victorian prisons, there were few professional women working as prison officers until the 1920s. The Justice Women traces the social history of the women working in courts, prisons and police forces up to the 1970s. Their history includes the stories of the first barristers, but also the less well-known figures such as women working in probation and in law courts.

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