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How Far Have We Come? The Gluecks' Recommendations from 500 Delinquent Women

Volume 78 Number 1
June 2014

In 1934, Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck published a richly detailed empirical study on women prisoners in Massachusetts entitled 500 Delinquent Women. In the final chapter they proposed a wide-ranging set of crime, justice, and punishment policy recommendations, putting forth evidence-based and well-reasoned argumnts for systemic change in the management of deviant, marginalized women in the criminal justice system. The authors measure current practices against the Gluecks' recommendations to see how much of the Gluecks' vision was realized.