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NCJ Number: 135832 Find in a Library
Title: Study of Sentencing in the Leeds Magistrates' Courts: The Treatment of Ethnic Minority and White Offenders
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1992)  Pages:41-53
Author(s): I Brown; R Hullin
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Data on 3,700 defendants in Leeds magistrates' courts in 1988 were analyzed to determine whether any racial bias was apparent in the sentencing of black (Afro-Caribbean) and Asian defendants in comparison with white defendants.
Abstract: The defendants were all charged with offenses that were triable summarily or on indictment. Results showed that, in sentences passed by magistrates, no overall differences were found between the different ethnic groups. In three subgroups -- defendants aged 26-30, female defendants, and defendants charged with theft -- significantly more offenders of Afro-Caribbean origin received custodial sentences. However, in each case the variation in sentencing resulted from the defendant's criminal record. In addition, no significant difference was found in noncustodial sentences; however, significantly more Afro-Caribbean than white defendants were committed by magistrates for trial at the Crown Court. Tables and 14 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Racial discrimination; Sentencing disparity
Index Term(s): England; Foreign sentencing; Magistrates
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