McIvor, G. and Burman, M. (2011), Briefing paper: Understanding the drivers of female imprisonment in Scotland, SCCJR Briefing 01/2011.
Female imprisonment has increased significantly in recent years in Scotland and internationally. This briefing paper considers possible explanations for this increasing trend. The authors investigated whether the growth in female imprisonment is attributed to more women getting involved in crime, more serious crimes being committed by women or changes in prosecution and sentencing patterns. The analyses presented here focus on women only, and no comparisons with trends for male offenders were made. This full report on which this briefing paper is based can be accessed here.