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Chivalry and Paternalism: Disparities of Treatment in the Criminal Justice System

Chivalry and Paternalism: Disparities of Treatment in the Criminal Justice System CHIVALRY AND PATERNALISM: DISPARITIES OF TREATMENT IN THE CRIMINAL SYSTEM JUSTICE ELIZABETH F. MOULDS State Sacramento California University, as the of a blindfolded of treatment t,~UALITY by law, symbolized by image the scales of is the most fundamental woman balancing justice, among ~-~ of American as a matter of how- practice, principles democracy. Equality has fallen far short of the ideal for much of the criminal in the ever, justice system United States. Differential based on treatment, race, sex, class, education, age, or has been accorded individuals and geographical region, physical appearance, entire the criminal groups by justice system. seem The two that to have been most studied as victims of groups potential and actual treatment the criminal have been racial discriminatory by justice system minorities and the Dramatic related to race and have been poor. inequities poverty to the American in recent and a substantial especially troubling public years, amount of research has a been conducted as result of these concerns. In an examination of the literature indicates that other areas of un- contrast, treatment have been little attention most scholars. equal given comparatively by This is evident in the case of women. This is ironic in view http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western Political Quarterly SAGE

Chivalry and Paternalism: Disparities of Treatment in the Criminal Justice System

Western Political Quarterly , Volume 31 (3): 15 – Sep 1, 1978

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CHIVALRY AND PATERNALISM: DISPARITIES OF TREATMENT IN THE CRIMINAL SYSTEM JUSTICE ELIZABETH F. MOULDS State Sacramento California University, as the of a blindfolded of treatment t,~UALITY by law, symbolized by image the scales of is the most fundamental woman balancing justice, among ~-~ of American as a matter of how- practice, principles democracy. Equality has fallen far short of the ideal for much of the criminal in the ever, justice system United States. Differential based on treatment, race, sex, class, education, age, or has been accorded individuals and geographical region, physical appearance, entire the criminal groups by justice system. seem The two that to have been most studied as victims of groups potential and actual treatment the criminal have been racial discriminatory by justice system minorities and the Dramatic related to race and have been poor. inequities poverty to the American in recent and a substantial especially troubling public years, amount of research has a been conducted as result of these concerns. In an examination of the literature indicates that other areas of un- contrast, treatment have been little attention most scholars. equal given comparatively by This is evident in the case of women. This is ironic in view

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Published: Sep 1, 1978

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