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Chivalry thesis

Smart argues there is paternalism and sexism within the criminal justice system which is male dominated
Women are treated more leniently than men


Evidence for the chivalry thesis

1 in 9 women are sentenced
In comparison to 1 in 5 men
Women are regarded as a less serious threat than men


Evaluation -

Women's offences often tend to be less serious and women are less likely to have criminal records
Heidensohn opposes with view that women are treated more harshly when they deviate from society's norms of femininity