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Female Prisoners in Malaysia

NCJ Number
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Volume: 43 Issue: 1 Dated: 2006 Pages: 45-64
Yik Koon Teh
Date Published
20 pages
This study examined the offenses committed by female inmates in Malaysia.
As more than half of the female prison population in Malaysia is made up of foreigners from poorer neighboring countries, immigration offenses are the highest. These foreigners come to Malaysia to earn a decent living for themselves and their family members back in their homeland. The local female prisoners are also mostly from the lower economic group in society. The crimes committed by them are still the typical female crimes like minor drug offenses (the highest), thefts, and minor offenses. Female prisoners in Malaysia, particularly those who are foreigners, still fit the stereotypical image of female prisoners of the 1970s. They are most likely a young offender with no formal or little education and poor. This study surveyed 422 female prisoners from 4 prisons and 2 rehabilitation centers to identify factors that might have influenced them to commit the offenses. Tables, references


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