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NCJ Number: 156986 Find in a Library
Title: Does the Criminal Justice System Treat Men and Women Differently?
Author(s): C Hedderman; M Hough
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Statistics Dept
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
Croydon, Surrey CR0 9YD, England
Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
Information Section
50 Queen Anne's Gate, Room 278
London, SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper examines available empirical evidence to determine whether the criminal justice system in England and Wales routinely discriminates against women.
Abstract: The results indicate that, while men and women are treated differently by the criminal justice system, these differences largely favor women. It is true that women are less likely than men to commit crimes, but self-report figures indicate that official statistics exaggerate the difference, women also tend to commit different types of crimes than men. The data show that a higher proportion of female offenders are cautioned for more serious offenses, that women are less likely than men to be remanded in custody, and that women generally receive more lenient sentences than men, even when previous convictions are taken into account. 1 table, 2 figures, and 10 references
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Criminology; Foreign criminal justice systems; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Male female offender comparisons; Sex discrimination
Note: Home Office Research and Statistics Department Research Findings No. 10
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