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NCJ Number: 183609 Find in a Library
Title: Race and Ethnic Bias in Sentencing Decisions: A Review and Critique of the Literature (From System in Black and White: Exploring the Connections Between Race, Crime, and Justice, P 171-180, 2000, Michael W. Markowitz and Delores D. Jones-Brown, eds. -- See NCJ-183600)
Author(s): Darren E. Warner
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Collected Work
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This review of the literature presents an evaluation of research examining the influence of race and ethnicity on decisions made in State and Federal courts.
Abstract: Despite overwhelming public perceptions of racial bias, no consistent pattern is demonstrated from research on sentencing practices in State and Federal courts. The one exception remains in the area of capital sentencing. Studies show conclusively that blacks are more likely to receive a death sentencing than whites, especially in cases involving white victims. Further research is recommended to analyze the social problem of disproportionate minority involvement in crime, racial disparities in capital sentencing, and the influence of race on stages of the criminal justice process that occur before a defendant is brought before a judge or a jury for sentencing. 38 references
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Black/White Crime Comparisons; Capital punishment; Caucasian/White Americans; Criminal justice research; Minorities; Race-crime relationships; Race-punishment relationship; Racial discrimination; Sentencing disparity
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