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NCJ Number: 134250 Find in a Library
Title: Severity of Sanctions: A Comparison Between Canada and France
Journal: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice  Volume:15  Issue:1 and 2  Dated:(Spring/Fall 1991)  Pages:243-250
Author(s): M Ouimet; M Cusson
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on a questionnaire completed by Canadian and French court practitioners, this study examines sentencing practices by these representatives of the two Nations.
Abstract: In 1986 a questionnaire that included a simulation exercise was completed by 199 court practitioners in Montreal, Canada. The same questionnaire was completed approximately 2 years later by a group of 48 lawyers from the region of Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, France. The two samples were weighted to ensure a similar distribution of respondents from the various categories of professional activities. The principal task the respondents performed involved the determination of sentences for three cases in which the defendant was found guilty of the crime described. The findings show that in the proportion of custodial sentences and the average incarceration term, differences between the samples were small. Similarities dominated in the estimates of crime seriousness and the importance attached to various sentencing aims. 3 tables and 8 references
Main Term(s): Sentencing disparity
Index Term(s): Canada; Foreign sentencing; France; Sentencing factors
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