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Sentencing Disparity and Discrimination: A Focus on Gender
Sentencing disparity and discrimination: A focus on gender

An ironic result of sentencing reform is that in the name of a restricted notion of equality with men, more women (especially black women) are being incarcerated than ever before.

—Kathleen Daly and Michael Tonry, “Gender, Race, and Sentencing” (1997:241)

Desperate for money to buy drugs, Jane Simmons, a 22-year-old drug addict with no prior felony convictions, agreed to deliver a package containing 100 grams of cocaine to a waiter at a local restaurant. The waiter turned out to be an undercover police officer, and Jane has been convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. Under the laws of the state in which she was convicted, Jane could be placed ...

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