Sentencing indigenous and non-indigenous women in Western Australia's higher courts : A summary of the main findings of a narrative study

Bond, Christine & Jeffries, Samantha (2012) Sentencing indigenous and non-indigenous women in Western Australia's higher courts : A summary of the main findings of a narrative study. In Coventry, Garry & Shircone, Mandy (Eds.) Proceedings of the 5th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, James Cook University, Cairns campus.

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Abstract

This paper presents the main findings of a narrative examination of higher court sentencing remarks to explore the relationship between Indigeneity and sentencing for female defendants in Western Australia. Using the theoretical framework of focal concerns, we found that key differences in the construction of blameworthiness and risk between the sentencing stories of Indigenous and non-Indigenous female offenders, through the identification of issues such as mental health, substance abuse, familial trauma and community ties. Further, in the sentencing narratives, Indigenous women were viewed differently in terms of social costs of imprisonment.

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ID Code: 56652
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Indigeneity, focal concerns, conflict perspective, discourses, sentencing remarks
ISBN: 9780980857245
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Courts and Sentencing (160203)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
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