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Gender and official statistics: the juvenile justice system in Queensland, 1998-99

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 162

Emma Ogilvie, Mark Lynch and Sue Bell
ISBN 0 642 24179 1 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, July 2000


The issue of gender and criminality is examined, drawing on official statistics. The purpose of the analysis is to reveal the types of offences for which young females are being apprehended and which may result in a finding of guilt. The statistics show that while females are being cautioned, charged and incarcerated less than males, female crime closely follows the patterns observed for males with respect to the types of crimes they commit.