Black women's experiences of criminal justice : race, gender by Ruth Chigwada-Bailey

By Ruth Chigwada-Bailey

An incisive account of the way the a number of dangers of race, gender and sophistication come jointly to create deeper degrees of discrimination and unfair remedy within the felony strategy. Written through one of many UK's major ladies commentators during this box, who has came upon a powerful area of interest in gender and discrimination reports.

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E. 17 Other researchers have made similar points, arguing that '... 18 Because black women are seen as capable of committing crimes and are blamed for their crimes, not seen as victims, they do not benefit from the mitigating factors such as responsibility for a child that help to keep 'normal' or middle-class white women out of prison. Studies of sentencing patterns suggest that childcare is a factor that makes judges reluctant to impose a prison sentence. For black women race and class are also factors.

TO In March 1996, the Runnymede Bulletin reported the case of a man who died after being sprayed with CS gas. The police were called by the man's wife following a domestic disturbance. Some ten police officers arrived and placed him in a police van. When he developed problems with breathing at the police station he was taken to hospital where he died. m. m. m. Such events are likely to make other black women involved in domestic violence think twice before calling the police, afraid of what might happen to their partners.

Liberty's view is that police resources are best targeted at serious crime and that these measures, taken together, are effectively a return to 'zero tolerance', if by another name. Similar issues and problems would arise if controversial proposals made in March 2003 to take fingerprints and DNA samples from suspects, whether or not charged or convicted, given the vaguaries of who might be arrested 'for that purpose'. Again, there is no research that specifically examines stop and search figures for black women.

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