Indigenous status and sentencing : tentative theoretical explanations for disparity
Jeffries, Samantha & Bond, Christine (2008) Indigenous status and sentencing : tentative theoretical explanations for disparity. In Majoribanks, T., Barraket, J., Chang, J.S., Dawson, A., Guillemin, M., Henry-Waring, M., et al. (Eds.) The annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association 2008: Re-imagining Sociology, 2-5 December 2008, The University of Melbourne.
This paper briefly summarises1 findings from a South Australian study that examined whether Judges' decisions to sentence offenders to imprisonment differed between Indigenous and non-Indigenous offenders when they appeared before the court under similar circumstances. Results showed that Indigenous offenders were less likely than their non-Indigenous counterparts to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment when appearing before the court under seemingly similar circumstances. Focal concerns (attribution) perspectives are used to explore these findings.
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