Examining the impact of familial paternalism on the sentencing decision: Gender leniency or legitimate judicial consideration?

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Nationally, the rate of incarcerated women is at an all-time high [Chesney-Lind, M., & Pasko, L. (2012). The female offender: Girls, women, and crime (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage; West, H. C., Sabol, W. J., & Greenman, S. J. (2010). Prisoners in 2009. Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice]. Even with these significant increases women defendants remain much less likely to receive sentences of incarceration than male defendants. Considering the evidence showing that women are often sentenced less harshly than men, research continues to examine the cause of gender disparities in judicial sentencing decisions. This chapter will examine the research that contends that the cause of the gender disparity may not actually be due to gender leniency but rather judicial considerations of the risks and costs of punishing female versus male defendants due to different gender roles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPerceptions of Female Offenders
Subtitle of host publicationHow Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages181-190
Number of pages10
Volume9781461458715
ISBN (Electronic)9781461458715
ISBN (Print)1461458706, 9781461458708
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Examining the impact of familial paternalism on the sentencing decision: Gender leniency or legitimate judicial consideration?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this