We often hear the claim that men are treated unfairly in relation to women by the Judicial System.
One example of the claim can be found here.
The article claims that:
Women shoplifters were less likely than comparable males to receive a prison sentence. They were also more likely to be sentenced to a community penalty or to be discharged....
Men and women stood an equal chance of going to prison for a first violent offence. However among repeat offenders women were less likely to receive a custodial sentence.
Women first offenders were significantly less likely than equivalent men to receive a prison sentence for a drug offence, but recidivists were equally likely to go to prison.
Among first and repeat offenders, women convicted of violence and drug offences were always more likely to be discharged and men more likely to be fined.
In addition, the data of the UK Criminal Justice System, which is detailed and broken down in several different categories, seems to also imply prejudice. Specifically, women are arrested in 18% of the cases, but convicted only in 6% of the cases, or men are 3 times more likely to be get convicted, in relation to their arrests.
So my question is: Are men actually treated unequally wrt women by the judicial system. Is there prejudice against men?
If there are any other sources that could confirm/contradict the claim, they are welcome.