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New Directions in Restorative Justice by Robert Gordon, Elizabeth Elliott

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Chapter 7

Gladue was a woman: the importance of gender in restorative-based sentencing

Josephine Savarese

Abstract1

In 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in R v. Gladue. The decision is praised for endorsing sentencing alternatives that reflect the unique circumstances of Aboriginal offenders. A fact that is generally overlooked is that the accused, Tanis Gladue, was female as well as Aboriginal. This chapter argues that Gladue should also be interpreted with a feminist lens that would illustrate the necessity of linking gender and race in the restorative sentencing process. It explores the potential for racialised and gendered social relations to be taken into account in the determination of criminal sanctions. Decisions ...

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