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NCJ Number: 148443 Find in a Library
Title: Sentencing and Unwarranted Disparity: An Empirical Assessment of the Long-Term Impact of Sentencing Guidelines in Minnesota
Journal: Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:301-310
Author(s): L Stolzenberg; S J D'Alessio
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data obtained from the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission were used in this time-series study to analyze the long-term effect of the State's sentencing guidelines on reducing unwarranted disparity in sentencing outcomes that fall within their scope of authority.
Abstract: In this study, unwarranted disparity was defined as residual variation in sentence not attributable to legally mandated sentencing factors. The analysis showed that Minnesota's guidelines worked dramatically to reduce sentencing disparity for the prison length decision. They also curtailed disparity for the no prison/prison judicial decision, but to a lesser degree. The results also showed that sentencing equality diminished over time for the no prison/prison sentencing outcome. Possible explanations for this reversion are that many offenses, particularly assault in the second degree, did not warrant prison sentences, and that increases in sentencing inequality resulted from attempts to constrain the growth of the State's prison population. 1 table, 2 figures, 6 notes, and 19 references
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Corrections; Criminology; Minnesota; Sentencing disparity; Sentencing guidelines
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