The Role of Gender in Criminal Justice Processing

Gang Lee, University of Texas at El Paso
Ted Curry, University of Texas El Paso
S. Fernando Rodriguez, University of Texas - El Paso

The present study seeks to clarify the role that offender's gender plays at various stages of the criminal justice process. We will explore gender differentials from arrest offense type to decision to whether or not to incarcerate offenders including legal representation, charged offense, release status, and disposition offense. Expanding on previous research, this study focuses on defendant's gender at every stage of the criminal justice process and does not simply rely on sentence length or likelihood of incarceration. Analysis will be done using structural equation models. The data derives from a stratified representative sample of 7,729 criminal dispositions in Texas during 1991.

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