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.
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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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Indigeneity, focal concerns, conflict perspective, discourses, sentencing remarks|
|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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