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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 2)
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Change in Pattern of Female Crime in Owerri, Nigeria 1980 - 2000

C. Chukuezi
Corresponding Author:   Anelechi Chukuezi 

Key words:  Change, pattern, female , crime, prisoners, owerri,
Vol. 1 , (2): Page No: 9-13
Submitted Accepted Published
2009 Month, 00 2009 July, 18

There has been unprecedented rise as well as sophistication in crime commission in Nigeria of which women are becoming actively involved. The interest in this study was inspired by the observation that women have moved from traditional crimes of prostitution and stealing to more heinous crimes. The study examined the factors that have led to this shift in pattern. The political economy theory was used as a guide. A case study approach was adopted involving one hundred and thirty five (135) women who had been imprisoned in Ow erri Federal Prisons since 1980; out of which seventy three (73) of the inmates who were in the prison in 2000 were interviewed. Also three hundred and forty-eight (348) respondents for assessm ent of people’s perception of the change in pattern of female crime were interviewed. The data was subjected to both descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. The study observed that the change in pattern of female criminality in Owerri and Nigeria as a whole was not only due to poverty and the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, but also as a result of the change in the traditional roles of bearing and rearing of children to economic occupations. Drug trafficking, armed robbery and fraud were observed to be new crimes among female prisoners within the study area. The study suggests that there is the need to encourage women in the form of education, skills acquisition and employment opportunities to reduce poverty in order to am eliorate female criminality and save our society from moral decadence.
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C. Chukuezi, 2009. Change in Pattern of Female Crime in Owerri, Nigeria 1980 - 2000.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 1(2): Page No: 9-13.
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