Do Legal Sanctions Reinforce Social Sanctions? Evidence 19th Century Brittany
AbstractIn a society that stigmatizes, how do judges or jurors judge criminals who possess a high stock of social capital: do they reinforce the effect of social sanctions by pronouncing higher legal sanctions? Do they behave impartially? Or do they attenuate the sentence, in order to produce a constant global deterrent effect? By using data from the 571 sentenced infanticide mothers in Brittany in the 19th century, the aim of this paper is to provide answers to these questions, and more generally to give evidence on the relationship between offender characteristics and sentences. This is implemented in estimated Multinomial Logit equations, which feature the verdicts announced to the infanticide mothers as the dependent variables, and the various personal characteristics of the mothers, the circumstances and objective of the murder, and the “technique” used to commit crime as the right hand side variables. The results show that jurors, i.e. members of the civil society, tend to reinforce the punitive effect of social sanction.
Download InfoTo our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.
Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Institute of SocioEconomics in its journal Homo Oeconomicus.
Volume (Year): 23 (2005)
Issue (Month): ()
Contact details of provider:
Postal: Von-Melle-Park 5, 20146 Hamburg
Phone: 49 40 42838-4457
Fax: 49 40 42838-6329
Web page: http://www.uni-hamburg.de/fachbereiche-einrichtungen/fb03/ise/index.html
More information through EDIRC
You can help add them by filling out this form.
reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.Access and download statisticsgeneral information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Matthew Braham) The email address of this maintainer does not seem to be valid anymore. Please ask Matthew Braham to update the entry or send us the correct address.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.