Gender Discrimination In Criminal Justice

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Cromer (2004;394) highlights a good example of how middle class people who commit crimes are viewed differently to those from poorer background. On January 1984, Dereck Roth was found dead next to his taxi, it was discovered that the murders were middle class boys from respectable families. This caused a moral panic and permissiveness was regularly cited as the underlying cause of the murder. The criminal justice system is the network of agencies that respond to crime, including the police, courts, jail and prisons, Minority groups is a group of people who, because of physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out for differential and different and who regard them as objects of collective discrimination. Discrimination is the act of…show more content…
ause of the devastating impact of prison and are more likely to suffer homelessness, family problems and trouble at school ( prison reform trust), one would argue that women are treated more harshly than men by the criminal justice system, a large proportion of women offenders do not necessarily pose a risk…show more content…
The chivalry thesis- chivalry means treating others, especially women with courtesy, sympathy and respect. The chivalry theory states that women are treated more leniently than men by the criminal justice system. Male chivalry means that the police are less likely to charge women, and the courts will tend to give women a lighter sentence, even though they have committed the same offence as men. An alternate theory is the double deviance theory. This argument state that women is treated more harshly by the criminal justice system. This is because they are guilty of being doubly deviant. They have deviated from accepted social norms by breaking the law and deviated from gender norms which states how women should behave. Many women feel they have been treated harshly by the criminal justice system. They see it as a male -dominated institution and feel their treatment has been unsympathetic and unjust (Heidensohn 2002). So, let’s look
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