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Wrongful Convictions of Women: When Innocence Isn’t Enough

Marvin D. Free, Jr., and Mitch Ruesink
Wrongful Convictions of Women: When Innocence Isn’t Enough
ISBN: 978-1-62637-506-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-515-4
2016/313 pages/LC: 2015037554
"Will be the definitive scholarly reference on this topic.... Essential."—Choice

"Comprehensive and exceptionally well-written.... Brings to the forefront one of the more troubling features of the US criminal justice system."—David V. Baker, Riverside Community College       

"Excellent.... A source of inspiration and motivation for further theoretical and policy work."—Kristi Holsinger, University of Missouri–Kansas City   


Choice Outstanding Academic Book!

Marvin Free and Mitch Ruesink reveal the distinctive role that gender dynamics so often play in the miscarriage of justice.       

Examining more than 160 cases involving such charges as homicide, child abuse, and drug trafficking, the authors explore systemic failures in both policing and prosecution. They also highlight the intersecting roles of gender and race. Demonstrating how women encounter circumstances that are qualitatively different than those of men, they illuminate unique challenges facing women in the criminal justice system.   


The late Marvin D. Free, Jr., was professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Mitch Ruesink teaches psychology at Waukesha County Technical College. The two are coauthors of Race and Justice: Wrongful Convictions of African American Men.


  • Women and Wrongful Convictions.
  • Child Abuse.
  • When Women Kill.
  • The War on Drugs.
  • Property Crimes and Beyond.
  • Looking Back, Moving Forward.
  • Appendixes.