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Caught UpGirls, Surveillance, and Wraparound Incarceration$
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Jerry Flores

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284876

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284876.001.0001

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Trouble in the Home, and First Contact with the Criminal Justice System

Trouble in the Home, and First Contact with the Criminal Justice System

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(p.28) Chapter 1 Trouble in the Home, and First Contact with the Criminal Justice System
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Caught Up
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Jerry Flores

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284876.003.0002

In this chapter, I draw on feminist criminology and research on gender and crime to demonstrate how abuse and neglect in the home led the young women in my study to their first contact with the criminal justice system. I pay attention to how home instability is shaped by gendered, racialized, and class-specific challenges. First, I discuss the multiple types of abuse girls experience in the home. This mistreatment led the young women in my study to begin dating at an early age; this new behavior resulted in more abuse at the hands of family members, who viewed their behavior as inappropriate and a violation of “proper” behavior for young Latinas. As this abuse continued, most of the young women in my study began using controlled substances. Soon, they ran away from home. Once on the street, they experienced a new set of challenges, which included finding housing, staying safe, and avoiding physical and sexual abuse. By this point their initial drug use had usually turned into full-blown drug addiction. Drug use and abuse were key factors contributing to first girls’ arrest.

Keywords:   Feminist Criminology, Latina/os, Home Abuse, Gender and the Life Course

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