Sunday, March 1, 2015

Gender Inequality - Criminal Cases in Favor of Women?

Gender discrimination is not always in favor of men. When it comes to criminal court cases studies show that men get sentenced to prison longer than women for the same crimes committed.

One of the main questions that is asked is if men and women who are arrested for the same exact crimes end up with the same sentencing? According to a study conducted at the University of Michigan Law School by Sonja Starr, “men receive 63% longer sentences on average than women do. Women are also significantly likelier to avoid charges and convictions, and twice as likely to avoid incarceration if convicted”.

Many women can get away with the “girlfriend theory” where the female played a minor role in the crime leaving one to assume that she’s less dangerous or the “parental responsibilities” where females are generally considered to be more nurturing and caring or have children to take care of allowing their sentencing to be shorter and less harsh.  Another reason as to why the government is more lenient with women is because they are more willing to cooperate with the government, which may also play a role in lowering their sentencing.

They say, that everyone learns from their environment, women in particular are usually adaptive to their environment. That may also be why when girls are put in a school setting they will learn the material faster and are much easier to control as opposed to their male counterparts. Consequently, one might argue that due to the environment the female grows up in may have influenced her badly, such as family hardship.

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