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NCJ Number: 149598 Find in a Library
Title: Sentence Disparity and Its Impact on the NSW District Criminal Court
Author(s): D Weatherburn
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7310-2933-X
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report indicates that marked differences exist between individual district criminal court judges in New South Wales in terms of their readiness to imprison convicted offenders.
Abstract: The general strategy to assess sentencing disparity involved matching cases on sentence-relevant case characteristics, such as plea and offense type, that could influence the process by which cases were assigned to particular judges. A group of judges was identified who had each sentenced at least 100 offenders on a guilty plea over the 1988-1992 period. The percentage of offenders imprisoned was then calculated for each judge. Results of these calculations were used to identify five judges who appeared to sentence an unusually small number of offenders to prison and five judges who appeared to sentence an unusually large number of offenders to prison. The largest sentencing disparity was found for assault, while the smallest disparity involved robbery. A relatively high absconding rate was observed for offenders sentenced by judges who imposed more prison sentences. The impact of sentencing disparity on court procedures and administration is discussed. 21 notes, 6 tables, and 4 figures
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Criminology; Foreign offenders; Foreign sentencing; Incarceration; Judicial decisions; Judicial discretion; New South Wales; Sentencing disparity
Note: General Report Series
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