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Judges’ Gender and Sentencing in China: An Empirical Inquiry

Judges’ Gender and Sentencing in China: An Empirical Inquiry Although mixed results regarding judges’ gender disparity in sentencing have been uncovered globally by comparatists, China has yet to be considered. Based on documents of adjudication decisions collected from two cities, we examined district court judges’ sentencing decisions. Multilevel-multivariate analysis reveals negligible differences between male and female judges. We conclude that the similarities in the decision to incarcerate can be explained by the harmonious “Iron Triangle” relationship among the police, the procuratorate, and the court. We also indicate that the Sentencing Guidelines and the Adjudication Committee are mechanisms that shape judicial behaviors in the same direction. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Feminist Criminology SAGE

Judges’ Gender and Sentencing in China: An Empirical Inquiry

Feminist Criminology , Volume 15 (2): 34 – Apr 1, 2020

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SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2019
ISSN
1557-0851
eISSN
1557-086X
DOI
10.1177/1557085119842660
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Abstract

Although mixed results regarding judges’ gender disparity in sentencing have been uncovered globally by comparatists, China has yet to be considered. Based on documents of adjudication decisions collected from two cities, we examined district court judges’ sentencing decisions. Multilevel-multivariate analysis reveals negligible differences between male and female judges. We conclude that the similarities in the decision to incarcerate can be explained by the harmonious “Iron Triangle” relationship among the police, the procuratorate, and the court. We also indicate that the Sentencing Guidelines and the Adjudication Committee are mechanisms that shape judicial behaviors in the same direction.

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Feminist CriminologySAGE

Published: Apr 1, 2020

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