The most consistent finding in the study of crime is the
relationship between crime and gender. In almost every country, over 80% of
crime is committed by males. But in recent years, the gender gap has been closing: the male
crime rate has been steadily falling while the female crime rate, especially
for violent crime, has been increasing. In the US, for example, the number of
women in prison has almost doubled in the last 25 years.
This short film looks at explanations for
gender differences in crime and why things may be changing.