Gender Equality: Women Serving Less Time Than Men for Identical Crimes

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Gender Equality: Women Serving Less Time than Men for Identical Crimes

Abstract The Federal criminal sentencing guideline which was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 required that males and females who commit the same crime and have the same prior criminal history be sentenced equally (Oaxaca, Sarnikar, & Sorensen, 2007). By using data obtained from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice records, we examine the existence of any gender-based bias in criminal sentencing decisions (Oaxaca, Sarnikar, & Sorensen, 2007). We treat the crime as the independent variable, and the time served as the dependent variable that will determine these truths. Additionally, we control the variables
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Another study which was conducted by psychologists Laurie Ragatz of West Virginia University and Brenda Russell of Penn State Berks used internet surveys. They used 458 surveys which explored ways of how prejudice shapes our views on criminal defendants, and how it is ingrained into our minds throughout our lifetime.
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