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Shannon Lynch co-authors book

June 15, 2020

Psychology Professor Shannon Lynch has coauthored " Women's and Girls' Pathways Through the Criminal Legal System" with collaborator Dana DeHart at the University of South Carolina. This book examines how women and girls' experiences of mental health, trauma and marginalization intersect with criminal legal system involvement.

In the book, the authors provide an overview of key research and draw on the feminist pathways approach and intersectional criminology theory to help readers to understand how mental health, trauma exposure and women's social identities influence women and girls entry into the justice system as well as their experiences of incarceration, and their reentry process. Finally, the authors utilize the literature on trauma informed approaches and the sequential intercept model to offer recommendations and best practices to assist women and girls' to decrease their criminal legal system involvement.

The book is being published by Cognella as part of the Cognella Series on Family and Gender Based Violence and will be available for adoption for fall courses. This text is intended to be broadly accessible to students across disciplines.