The punitive woman? Gender differences in public attitudes toward parole among an Australian sample

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Dodd, Shannon. (2018). The punitive woman? Gender differences in public attitudes toward parole among an Australian sample. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 62(10), pp. 3006-3022. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X17739560
AuthorsDodd, Shannon
Abstract

Research exploring gender differences in public attitudes toward parole is limited, despite a large body of literature showing that men and women have diverging views on other criminal justice issues, including capital punishment and offender rehabilitation and treatment. Drawing on an Australian national survey of community views on parole, the current study examines whether men and women differ in their support for the release of prisoners on parole. The results indicate that gender does predict parole attitudes, with Australian women significantly more likely to hold nonsupportive views on parole than Australian men. The results also reveal that women are more likely to take a neutral position toward parole, rather than supporting it. Together, these findings indicate there may be something about being a woman in Australia that prevents one from being willing to support the early release of prisoners. The implications of these findings for future research are discussed.

Keywordsparole; prisoner reentry; public opinion; gender; female punitiveness
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Journal citation62 (10), pp. 3006-3022
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN0306-624X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X17739560
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85041894111
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range3006-3022
FunderAustralian Research Council (ARC)
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Online07 Nov 2017
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Deposited16 Aug 2022
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
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