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Women in prison in Australia

Gerry, Felicity (2016). Women in prison in Australia. In: National Judicial College of Australia Conference, Judicial College, ANU, Canberra, 6-7 February 2016.

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Author Gerry, Felicity
Title Women in prison in Australia
Conference Name National Judicial College of Australia Conference
Conference Location Judicial College, ANU, Canberra
Conference Dates 6-7 February 2016
Conference Publication Title Current Issues in Sentencing
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher National Judicial College of Australia
Publication Year 2016
Total Pages 16
Field of Research 390000 Law, Justice and Law Enforcement
Abstract This paper provides an overview of some of the international obligations of Australia to women offenders and alleged offenders via the U.N. Bangkok Rules and highlights how abused women are being sent to prison in Australia. It proceeds on 2 bases (i) Judges should approach sentencing a woman as exceptional; (ii) Judges can approach a sentencing exercise differently when the offender is a woman. With reference to opportunities to challenge the treatment of women offenders through UN human rights mechanisms and, after suggesting how sentencing courts might accommodate international principles, this paper suggests a proactive judicial approach to sentencing women offenders to include understanding women offenders generally, a more critical analysis of the long term effect of short term sentences on homes and families and a potentially novel look at solutions for coerced and trafficked women in the criminal justice system. It concludes that sentencing of women who are victims of abuse can accommodate the social problems that underpin the offending and judges can do more to keep women offenders from going or returning to prison.
Keyword Women
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