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NCJ Number: 97494 Find in a Library
Title: Women Defendants in Court - The Interaction Between Sex and Race in Convicting and Sentencing
Journal: Social Science Quarterly  Volume:66  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1985)  Pages:178-185
Author(s): C Spohn; S Welch; J Gruhl
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 8
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Social scientists who have compared the treatment of male and female defendants in court have reached contradictory conclusions. This study analyzes convicting and sentencing data for black and white male and female defendants in one large northeastern city in the United States in order to determine if female defendants are treated more leniently, more harshly, or no differently than male defendants.
Abstract: The analysis reveals an interaction between race and sex that has heretofore gone unnoticed. While black women are less likely than black men to be incarcerated or sentenced harshly, their sentences are comparable to those of white men. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Male female offender comparisons; Penalty severity rating; Racial discrimination; Sentencing disparity
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