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NCJ Number: 168701 Find in a Library
Title: Social Worlds of Sentencing: Court Communities Under Sentencing Guidelines
Author(s): J T Ulmer
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 244
Sponsoring Agency: State University of New York Press
Albany, NY 12207
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7914-3498-2
Sale Source: State University of New York Press
90 State Street, Suite 700
Albany, NY 12207
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book investigates sentencing disparity, case processing and organizational relations under Pennsylvania's sentencing guidelines.
Abstract: Many States and the Federal system have embraced sentencing guidelines as a mechanism of sentencing reform. This book draws from interactionist theories of organizations and James Eisenstein's depiction of courts as communities to frame an investigation of sentencing disparity, case processing and organizational relations under Pennsylvania's sentencing guidelines. The book includes a statistical analysis of statewide sentencing outcomes and comparative statistical and ethnographic analysis of three different-sized county courts. The statistical data show that the major influences on sentencing are legally prescribed ones, but that factors such as conviction by trial, race and gender, and court size are also significant. Ethnographic data illuminate processes behind the statistics by connecting court organizational contexts to case processing strategies and these strategies to sentencing outcomes. Notes, tables, references, appendixes, index
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Court structure; Geographical sentencing variation; Pennsylvania; Sentencing disparity; Sentencing factors; Sentencing guidelines; Sentencing reform; Sentencing/Sanctions; Statistical analysis; Theory
Note: SUNT Series in New Directions in Crime and Justice Series
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