Della Burton: The gender gap in sentencing of criminals – ‘Men receive 63% longer sentences on average than women do’

One of the countless outcomes of sexism which the women at ‘The Everyday Sexism Project’ will never whine about, is the gender gap in sentencing of criminals. Why? Because only anti-female sexism (real or imagined) is important to these women. Anti-male sexism, even in its most appalling manifestations, isn’t of the slightest interest to them. ‘The Everyday Sexism Project’ is, of course, itself sexist.

Della Burton has just written an excellent piece on the gender gap in the sentencing of criminals, covering outcomes in the US and the UK:

The article starts with the following:

A study by Sonja Starr, an assistant law professor at the University of Michigan found that within the United States’ justice system, women generally receive much more lenient treatment over the same crimes:

A quote from the study:

This study finds dramatic unexplained gender gaps in federal criminal cases. Conditional on arrest offense, criminal history, and other pre-charge observables, men receive 63% longer sentences on average than women do. Women are also significantly likelier to avoid charges and convictions, and twice as likely to avoid incarceration if convicted. There are large unexplained gaps across the sentence distribution, and across a wide variety of specifications, subsamples, and estimation strategies. The data cannot disentangle all possible causes of these gaps, but they do suggest that certain factors (such as childcare and offense roles) are partial but not complete explanations, even combined.

Della Burton ends the article with a sentence that evokes George Orwell’s Animal Farm:

Are some humans more human than others?


About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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2 Responses to Della Burton: The gender gap in sentencing of criminals – ‘Men receive 63% longer sentences on average than women do’

  1. Are there any similar studies for the UK? I’m sure the same problem occurs in the UK but would be interested to know to what extent.

    • You’re quite right, the same problem DOES occur in the UK – and, I would imagine, across the developed world. We presented Philip Davies MP with a ‘Winston’ award for raising the issue in a House of Commons debate. It’s on our ‘To Do’ list, to get more information on the matter for our 2015 general election manifesto.

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