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Gender and sentencing outcomes: Does region matter?


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

Previous research has acknowledged that a relationship exists between gender and sentencing outcomes. However, a gap exists in research regarding how regional differences affect this relationship. Some research suggests that gender ideologies differ by region within the United States. This predicted relationship can be explained using the paternalism theory, which states that women receive more leniency than men because they are perceived as needing more protection as a result of a patriarchal society. This study incorporates data from the 2008 Monitoring of Federal Criminal Sentences collected by the United States Sentencing Commission to analyze the relationship between region, gender, and sentence outcomes using the theoretical perspective of paternalism. This study found that women received leniency throughout the criminal justice system. The Deep South did exhibit more conservative values resulting in harsher sentencing for most of the stages. However, women from the Deep South did not appear to receive any more leniency than women not from the Deep South.

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Subject
Geography;
Law;
Womens studies
Classification
0366: Geography
0398: Law
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Community sanctions; Gender; Prisons; Region; Sentencing disparity
Title
Gender and sentencing outcomes: Does region matter?
Author
Holland, Melanie M.
Number of pages
64
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0004
Source
MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124231778
Advisor
Prohaska, Ariane
Committee member
Cooper, Britney; Williams, Jimmy
University/institution
The University of Alabama
Department
Criminal Justice
University location
United States -- Alabama
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1482041
ProQuest document ID
758364891
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/758364891
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