Women, Crime and Criminal Justice

author: Loraine Gelsthorpe, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
produced by: University of Maribor
published: Oct. 2, 2012,   recorded: April 2012,   views: 201
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Should women be treated in the same way as men in the criminal justice system?

What is the case for treating women differently from men?

In this seminar I will challenge some of the myths, muddles and misconceptions which have shadowed ideas about female offenders and their treatment. I will also examine whether or not there is a case for dealing with women differently from men in sentencing and criminal justice. Have women been treated more harshly or more leniently than men? Is there a special case for suggesting that women deserve a distinctive sort of treatment compared to men? Does this mean sentencing women differently? And in this context does "equality = difference"?

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