Unfairness in the Adjudication of Abused Women Who Kill

Elizabeth Dermody Leonard, Vanguard University

ABSTRACT
My research concerns women incarcerated for the death of their abusive partners. This paper presents information on the adjudication processes that systematically disallowed these defendants from receiving fair trials. Of the 42 women in my study, all but 2 received some form of life sentence. My paper on their demographics was presented at last year's ASC and is in press with The Prison Journal.

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