Sex and Sentencing Disparity in South Australia’s Higher Courts

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Jefferies, Samantha
Bond, Christine W
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In Australia, studies examining sex differences in sentencing are limited. Using data from South Australia's higher courts, this article explores a study on the impact of sex on the decision to imprison and the length of imprisonment. After adjusting for past and current criminality, results showed that men were significantly more likely than women to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment and that when sentence length was decided, men received longer periods of incarceration. Furthermore, the study's results suggest that different factors may be important in determining sentencing outcomes for women and men.

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Current Issues in Criminal Justice
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22
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© 2010 Published by The Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
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Courts and Sentencing
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