Women, Drugs and the Death Penalty: Framing Sandiford

Fleetwood, J and Seal, L. 2017. Women, Drugs and the Death Penalty: Framing Sandiford. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 56(3), pp. 358-381. [Article]

[img] Text
HOJO drug mules revised version April 2017 (1).docx - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (79kB)

Abstract or Description

This article examines the impact and significance of women subject to capital punishment for drug offences. Women are subject to the death penalty for drug offences; wherever data are available they describe low-level offenders, primarily drug mules. Sandiford's death sentence prompts widespread discussion about her, her culpability and the appropriateness of her punishment drawing on drug war discourse, and death penalty tropes. Framing analysis reveals the powerful and persistent nature of gendered binaries. The use of capital punishment against female mules troubles the gendered binaries that underpin US-led drug war discourse, and highlights the death penalty as a gendered punishment.

Item Type:


Identification Number (DOI):


Departments, Centres and Research Units:



5 September 2017Published Online
5 May 2017Accepted

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

25 Sep 2017 11:15

Last Modified:

05 Sep 2019 01:26

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.



View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)