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Women and Criminal JusticeFrom the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation$
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Jo Brayford and John Deering

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319306

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319306.001.0001

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Breaking the cycle for women through equality not difference

Breaking the cycle for women through equality not difference

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(p.191) Eleven Breaking the cycle for women through equality not difference
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Women and Criminal Justice
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Martina Feilzer

Kate Williams

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447319306.003.0011

Over the past decade a consensus has been emerging amongst policy makers, reform groups, voluntary agencies and academics that women offenders should be treated differently by the criminal justice system and in particular by the courts. This desire for differential treatment has culminated in the call for abolishing women’s imprisonment growing louder and gaining momentum. This chapter will explore the theoretical basis for this call for reform questioning ‘why’ women should be treated differently from men and trying to refine the way in which we think about women offenders as ‘different’. This chapter will discuss how and why women offenders’ status is depicted as that of victims, carers, oppressed, and/or offenders and whether a debate based on such reduced women’s status is sufficient to justify the call for a different approach to sentencing.

Keywords:   differential treatment, sentencing, women’s imprisonment, women’s status

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