The Fairer Sex? – Why does the criminal justice system treat females differently to males?

This documentary explores the common perception that female criminals are treated more leniently than males in the criminal justice system, particularly with regard to facilities in the main female prison, the Dóchas Centre. It aims to tackle the lack of understanding of the reasons for the different treatment.

It examines the differences at every stage of the process such as arrest, prosecution, sentencing and imprisonment and also the different attitudes to female and male offenders. It also investigates whether the different treatment is justified and attempts to foster an understanding among listeners of why the treatment is different.

Ultimately it seeks to help the listener determine whether men should receive the same treatment as women or whether women should be treated in the same manner as men?

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