School of Law

CCJS/Frank Dawtry Memorial Lecture - Women Offenders in the Criminal Justice System: Cinderella, Portia or Persephone?

08 December 2010 | 5.30pm - 7.00pm (followed drinks reception) | Seminar
Yorkshire Bank Lecture Theatre, University of Leeds

The Frank Dawtry Memorial fund was set up to establish a living memorial to Frank Dawtry who was for 18 years the general secretary of the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) and sometime Secretary of the Campaign for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. The endowment is for a lecture to be given annually by a prominent speak on one of the following topics:

  • the treatment of offenders;
  • the prevention of crime;
  • the administration of justice.

This year’s speaker is Professor Frances Heidensohn, Visting Professor, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and General Editor, British Journal of Sociology.  From 1994 to 2004 she held the Chair in Social Policy at Goldsmiths', University of London.  She is the author or editor of a number of studies on gender, crime and justice, including Women and Crime 1996, International Feminist Perspectives in Criminology 1995 (with N Rafter) Sexual Politics and Social Control 2000 and Gender and Justice 2006.

Her other work covers policing and comparative criminology and in 2004 she was awarded the Sellin Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology for her contributions to international criminology. She was a member of the Sentencing Advisory Panel from 1999 to 2010, a Commisioner for Judicial Appointments from 2001-2006 and is at present a lay member of Conduct and Registration Committees for the General Social Care Council.

Over the past forty years, female offenders have gone from being a neglected and marginal group within the criminal justice system to becoming the focus of a large number of reports and policy initiatives. How are these changes best understood and what has been their impact? These and other questions will be addressed in this Frank Dawtry Memorial Lecture.

Location Details

Yorkshire Bank Lecture Theatre
Business School
University of Leeds
Clarendon Road

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