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Title: Sentencing Women: An Analysis of Recent Trends
Authors: Barnes, Rebecca
Hedderman, Carol
First Published: 1-Feb-2015
Number of Pieces: 14
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: Barnes, R;Hedderman, C, Sentencing Women: An Analysis of Recent Trends, ed. Roberts, J, 'Exploring Sentencing Practice in England and Wales', Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 93-117
Abstract: From Introduction: This chapter analyses changes in the sentencing of women between 2000 and 2012. We update an earlier analysis conducted by Hedderman (2004) which sought to establish why the number of women going to prison increased so steeply between 1992 and 2000. Since 2000, there have been important changes in sentencing policies and government responses to women offenders. Media portrayals have also shifted to emphasise a ‘ladette’ culture of female drinking, anti-social behaviour and violence. This chapter reflects on the consequences of these changes and considers how the sentencing of women has changed since 2000, including the use of custody and new sentences such as suspended sentence orders. It examines how far Labour's policy of diverting women from custody during its second term of office fed through into court practice; and it assesses what has happened since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition took power.
ISSN: 9781137390400
ISBN: 978-1-137-39039-4
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Barnes, R;Hedderman, C, Sentencing Women: An Analysis of Recent Trends, 2015, © Macmillan Publishers Ltd reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: ;
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