Why are there so many more men in prison than women? Is it about the types of crimes commit, the frequency men vs. women commit crimes, or that women get away with crimes more?

Similarities between criminology and criminal justice

Itu2019s a combination of elements.

,Statistically, men commit more crimes than women:,Statistics have been consistent in reporting that men commit more criminal acts than women.

Self-reported delinquent acts are also higher for men than women across many different actions.

Burton, et al.

(1998) found that low levels of self-control are associated with criminal activity.

In addition to that,,u2026 females are less involved in serious offence categories, and they commit less harm.

Womens acts of violence, compared to those of men, resulting in fewer injuries and less serious injuries.

Their property crimes usually involve less monetary loss or less property damage - Gender and Crime - Differences Between Male And Female Offending PatternsImage source: Crime by Gender - The Sociology of CrimeSo, overall, women commit fewer crimes (usually accounting for less than 20% of overall arrests) and when they do commit crimes, theyu2019re often on the lesser end of the offending scale (accounting for less than 15% of violent of crimes.

That means that theyu2019re less likely to spend time in prison or will receive shorter sentences for the crimes committed.

,How ever, when men and women are convicted of the exact same offence (with matching severity), men are more likely to receive a prison sentence or a longer sentence than women.

In New Zealand, one study showed that u201ceven when relevant sentencing factors are held constant, men are between eight and 26 per cent more likely than women to receive custodial prison sentencesu201d.

(**This is unjust and needs to be addressed.

)So itu2019s a combination of things.

Men commit significantly more crimes than women, their offending is on the serious end of the scale, which leads to significantly more men in the prison system and in addition to that, overall, theyu2019re more likely to be sentenced or given longer sentences than women.

Criminology and criminal justice jobs

Thanks for the A2A, Gober Millford.

,Here are a few of the many jobs that you can get with a degree in CJ.

This is not an exchaustive list, so use it accordingly.

,Probation Officer,Forensic Science Technician,Police Officer,Correctional Officer,Private Detective,Fish and Game Warden,Security Guard,State Trooper,Crime Scene Investigator,Computer Forensics Investigator,There are many more jobs that are available, and there is an even bigger selection of jobs outside of CJ and Criminology that you can get a job in.

Remember, the point of the degree is often to show you have the competency to complete tasks involving critical thinking, analysis, reasoning, and many other qualities.