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Women, children and justice: Books which aid understanding and perspective

Women, children and justice: Books which aid understanding and perspective
Gladys Ambort, Criminal Classes, Joanna Kozubska, Danger Development and Adaptation, and Judith Bourne.

Seen & Heard is the latest in a line of Waterside Press publications around women, children and justice which began 25 years ago with Angela Devlin’s acclaimed Criminal Classes: Offenders at School. They include Andrew Rutherford’s Growing Out of Crime—showing how youngsters mature out of offending—and Judge John Wroath’s excellent Until They Are Seven which describes how mothers, until then deprived of rights to their own children, first overcame this barrier.

Other topics covered include black women and criminal justice, women and drugs, children who break the law (including Jackie Worrall’s incisive Why Did You Do It?) and children who kill.

In 2017 Tammi Walker and Graham Towl’s Preventing Self-injury and Suicide in Womens Prisons won the British Psychological Society’s Practitioner Text Award. Other widely recognised works deal with women in prison, including Hilary Beauchamp’s Holloway Prison and Joanna Kozubska’s Cries for Help. Two books used on academic and other courses are Lucy Baldwin’s ground-breaking Mothering Justice and a key collection of papers by world expert Patricia McKinsey Crittenden on the maturation of children, Danger, Development and Adaptation.

General reading includes David Wilson’s Mary Ann Cotton which was the inspiration for the ITV drama Dark Angel, Judith Bourne’s Helena Normanton about the long fight to open up the Bar to women and Gladys Ambort’s Solitary dealing with her fearful time in Argentinian prisons as a young student activist.

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