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Gender Differences in Criminal Sentencing: Do Effects Vary Across Violent, Property, and Drug Offenses?


  • S. Fernando Rodriguez
  • Theodore R. Curry
  • Gang Lee


Many studies find that females benefit from their gender in sentencing decisions. Few researchers, however, address whether the gender-sentencing association might be stronger for some crimes, such as minor nonviolent offending, and weaker for other offenses, such as serious violent crime. Copyright (c) 2006 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • S. Fernando Rodriguez & Theodore R. Curry & Gang Lee, 2006. "Gender Differences in Criminal Sentencing: Do Effects Vary Across Violent, Property, and Drug Offenses?," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 87(2), pages 318-339.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:87:y:2006:i:2:p:318-339

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