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Female Perpetrated Homicide Cases: The Impact of Demographic Characteristics and Relationship to Victim on Sentencing

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Most violent crime in the United States is committed by men, but when women do commit homicide, it is often related in various ways to their gender. Yet there is a lack of nationally representative data on female homicide perpetration and the resulting sentences controlling for demographic characteristics of victims and perpetrators. For this research we examine data collected by the first author from a public defender’s office in a large Mid-Atlantic city from 32 female homicide cases (which were handled between the years of 1994-2007). We examine the legal outcomes of their cases in relation to the defendant’s race, age, relationship to homicide victim, previous criminal history and history of sexual and/or physical abuse. Further, the race, gender and age of the homicide victims is also examined in relation to legal outcomes. Results indicate a pattern of plea bargaining, taking into consideration previous abuse as mitigating circumstances, which resulted in reductions of charges and light sentences for the majority of cases. The majority of cases involved intra-racial homicides of family members, boyfriends, ex-boyfriends or acquaintances.
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Field, Carolyn. and Cherukuri, Suvarna. "Female Perpetrated Homicide Cases: The Impact of Demographic Characteristics and Relationship to Victim on Sentencing" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, St. Louis Adam's Mark, St. Louis, Missouri, Nov 11, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p270622_index.html>

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Field, C. and Cherukuri, S. , 2008-11-11 "Female Perpetrated Homicide Cases: The Impact of Demographic Characteristics and Relationship to Victim on Sentencing" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, St. Louis Adam's Mark, St. Louis, Missouri <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p270622_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Most violent crime in the United States is committed by men, but when women do commit homicide, it is often related in various ways to their gender. Yet there is a lack of nationally representative data on female homicide perpetration and the resulting sentences controlling for demographic characteristics of victims and perpetrators. For this research we examine data collected by the first author from a public defender’s office in a large Mid-Atlantic city from 32 female homicide cases (which were handled between the years of 1994-2007). We examine the legal outcomes of their cases in relation to the defendant’s race, age, relationship to homicide victim, previous criminal history and history of sexual and/or physical abuse. Further, the race, gender and age of the homicide victims is also examined in relation to legal outcomes. Results indicate a pattern of plea bargaining, taking into consideration previous abuse as mitigating circumstances, which resulted in reductions of charges and light sentences for the majority of cases. The majority of cases involved intra-racial homicides of family members, boyfriends, ex-boyfriends or acquaintances.


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