Gender judgments : an investigation of sentencing and remand in New Zealand

Jeffries, Samantha (2001) Gender judgments : an investigation of sentencing and remand in New Zealand. In Browne, C., Edwards, K., Watson, V., & van Krieken, Robert (Eds.) Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association, 13-15 December 2001, University of Sydney.

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Internationally, the matter of gender difference in criminal court decision making is a contentious one, butin Australasia little substantive research or debate has occurred on this issue. This paper attempts toremedy this deficit by summarising research findings from a New Zealand-based PhD project (Jeffries,2001) which considered the question of gender and criminal justice decision making. Results from thisproject show that a) sentencing and remand outcomes often differ for adult men and women, with theformer usually receiving ‘harsher’ sanctions, b) different factors are often considered when determiningmen’s and women’s judicial outcomes and, c) certain ‘types’ of men and women are more likely to beextended judicial leniency. In explanation, gendered ways of viewing, understanding and judgingoffenders indicated the manner in which judicial processing came to be differentiated by sex.Theoretically, these findings can be partially understood using chivalry, paternalism, social control andsocial cost arguments. However, by themselves, none of these theoretical perspectives are consideredcomplete and this paper calls for a more integrated theory of gender and criminal justice processing.

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ID Code: 8618
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Gender, Sentencing
ISBN: 0725808578
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 The Australian Sociological Association
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:42

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