Indigenous Status and Sentencing: Tentative Theoretical Explanations for Disparity

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Jefferies, Samantha
Bond, Christine
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2008
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This paper briefly summarises1 findings from a South Australian study that examined whether Judges' decisions to sentence offenders to imprisonment differed between Indigenous and non-Indigenous offenders when they appeared before the court under similar circumstances. Results showed that Indigenous offenders were less likely than their non- Indigenous counterparts to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment when appearing before the court under seemingly similar circumstances. Focal concerns (attribution) perspectives are used to explore these findings.

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Re-imagining sociology the annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2008

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© The Author(s) 2008. The attached file is reproduced here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to TASA website or contact the authors.

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