ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 08, 1976
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(Studio) In past, women in crime, like Ma Barker and Bonnie of Bonnie and Clyde, were unusual; now women arrested in greater numbers and for kinds of crimes most often done by men in past.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Chicago, Illinois) Rise in female crime figs. noted. [Criminologist Freda ADLER - says it's not women's lib, but product of greater stress on women in society now like men have always had.] Changes in population of women's prison noted. Reporter talks with women in Illinois Female Reformatory with regard to arrest of more women for felonies. [WOMAN - says women want to be like men with equal rights.] [2nd WOMAN - says it's because women have more courage to do what they want to do.] Younger felon represented by case of 17-yr.-old Laura Haynes; details noted. [HAYNES - tells why she attempted robbery.] Some suggest increase in women's arrests and convictions is due to backlash in criminal justice system against women's liberate [Cook Cnty. Women's Jail supt., Claudia McCORMICK - notes women now more often getting same sentence for same crime as men.] [Chicago Police Department commander Ronald RAE - says policemen more cautious in dealing with women now with regard to possibility of woman endangering his life.] Feminists argue there's no relations between women's liberate and female crime. [National League of Cities rep. Lynn OLSON - says there's no research method yet available to establish link between crime and women's liberate] [ADLER - says women are becoming more like men and will act more like men, legally and illegally.] Question may now be whether society will be forced to accept increase criminality among women as well as men as 1 of costs of changing society.
REPORTER: Ron Miller
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