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University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Genderand ClassVolume 2|Issue 2Article 45-20-2013The Female Offender: A Victim of NeglectLaMont FlanaganFollow this and additional works at:Part of theCriminology and Criminal Justice Commons, and theWomen CommonsThis Article is brought to you for free and open access by [email protected] Carey Law. It has been accepted for inclusion in University ofMaryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class by an authorized administrator of [email protected] Carey Law. For moreinformation, please contact[email protected].Recommended CitationLaMont Flanagan,The Female Offender: A Victim of Neglect, 2 U. Md. L.J. Race Relig. Gender & Class 209 (2002).Available at:
THE FEMALE OFFENDER: A VICTIM OF NEGLECTLAMONT FLANAGAN, J.D.*There is no such thing as love anymore; the kind that isso strong that you can feel it in your bones. You knowwe used to feel that emotion when we looked into thefaces of our mother, father, sisters, brothers, family andfriends.There is no such thing as love anymore. At least notthe deep satisfying kind that sits on your heart andinfluences every decision and action we takethroughout each day.There is no reason to celebrate anymore. Just emptyactions and empty reactions, calculated gestures andfinancial arrangements. There is no such thing as loveanymore. 1These poetic words of wisdom emanate from the mind, spiritand emotions of a brilliant young African-American woman, LisaWilliams, publicly known in the Hip Hop industry as "Sister Souljah."She describes the time in which we live in the Dedication of hernational bestseller novel, The Coldest Winter Ever."The era in which love, loyalty, truth, honor andrespect died.Where humility and appreciation are nonexistent.Where families are divided and God reviled,The era.The Coldest Winter Ever."2Commissioner, Maryland Division of Pre-Trial Detention and Services. Alsocontributed to by Renee Duval, J.D.1. SISTER SOULJAH, THE COLDEST WINTER EVER (New York: Pocket Books, 2000).2. Id.
[VOL. 2:209Sistah Souljah's words are most appropriate in describing thedilemma of the female offender in a society where she is viewed andtreated as a victim of neglect. This perception is garnered as a resultof the social, cultural and political isolation incarceration imposesupon her existence. Her self-esteem, motherhood, love, comfort,marriage, attention, intimacy and independence are stripped away.Incarceration diminishes the humanity of female offenders andperpetuates a gender insensitive system that entraps substantialnumbers of mothers, wives, daughters and sisters.The pattern of circumstances that forces women to turn tocriminal behavior is well documented. The root causes of criminalbehavior are sociological, and thus negatively impact all women.

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