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Assessing Cumulative Disadvantage against Minority Female Defendants in State Courts

Abstract Prior sentencing research, especially research on cumulative disadvantage, has mainly focused on the treatment of male defendants, and little attention has been paid to female defendants, especially minority female defendants. Drawing on the intersectional vulnerability and focal concerns perspectives, the current study emphasizes the need to examine disparity in sentencing through an intersectional lens and across multiple decision-making points. Using the State Court Processing Statistics dataset (SCPS) from 1990-2009, this paper investigates the impact that race/ethnicity has for female defendants across individual and successive stages in the sentencing process. The results suggest that race operates through direct and indirect pathways... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Kramer, Kelsey Layne (Author) / Wang, Xia (Advisor) / Spohn, Cassia (Committee member) / Telep, Cody (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / Cumulative Disadvantage / Gender / Intersectionality / Race/Ethnicity / Sentencing
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 58 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Criminology and Criminal Justice 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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