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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People (LGBT) and the Criminal Justice System

  • Charlotte Knight
  • Kath Wilson
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Charlotte Knight, Kath Wilson
    Pages 1-10
  3. Charlotte Knight, Kath Wilson
    Pages 11-33
  4. Charlotte Knight, Kath Wilson
    Pages 35-63
  5. Charlotte Knight, Kath Wilson
    Pages 65-83
  6. Charlotte Knight, Kath Wilson
    Pages 85-111
  7. Charlotte Knight, Kath Wilson
    Pages 113-145
  8. Charlotte Knight, Kath Wilson
    Pages 147-178
  9. Charlotte Knight, Kath Wilson
    Pages 179-206
  10. Charlotte Knight, Kath Wilson
    Pages 233-262
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 263-272

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities as victims, offenders and staff within the criminal justice system. It draws on both emerging and existing LGBT research and campaigns to identify and explore issues relevant to the criminal justice system, including: agencies of the criminal justice system, victimisation, domestic violence and abuse, transgender experiences, LGBT people as offenders, international perspectives and the personal experiences of LGBT people.

Charlotte Knight and Kath Wilson trace the legislative journey toward equal treatment before and after the Wolfenden Report. They consider why, for example, lesbians are over represented on death row in the US, how the prosecution characterises them and what part homophobia might play in offending and in sentencing. They raise important questions about the causes of, and responses to, same-sex domestic violence and abuse and how the system delivers justice to trans people. Sodomy laws and the treatment of LGBT people worldwide are also considered and models of good practice are offered. Their insights will be of interest to practitioners, policy makers and scholars of the criminal justice system, particularly those concerned with the rights of LGBT communities.

Charlotte Knight is an Associate Researcher at De Montfort University, UK. She established the Division of Community and Criminal Justice, which delivers probation and police programmes, and applied criminology degrees. Research interests include emotional literacy, diversity, probation curricula and evaluation practice in Europe. She has published Emotional Literacy in Criminal Justice (2014).

Kath Wilson is a Senior Lecturer and leads the probation programme at De Montfort University, UK. Previously a probation officer, she teaches mainly around issues of values, diversity and offender management within the criminal justice system, particularly in relation to probation and policing.

Keywords

Criminology Queer Studies Socio-legal studies Law and society Domestic abuse same-sex relationships Offenders Punishment Probation Legislation Victims Queer Criminology Criminal Justice Practitioner Diversity Policing

Authors and affiliations

  • Charlotte Knight
    • 1
  • Kath Wilson
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Community and Criminal JustiDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Division of Community and Criminal JustiDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-49698-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-49697-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-49698-0
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