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NCJ Number: 236704 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing the Relevance of Legal and Extralegal Factors in Felony Drug Sentencing: The Case of Michigan
Journal: Criminal Justice Studies  Volume:24  Issue:3  Dated:September 2011  Pages:291-306
Author(s): Gale Iles; Vic W. Bumphus; Linze Zehel
Date Published: September 2011
Page Count: 16
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines drug sentencing in Michigan.
Abstract: Previous research has identified several prominent legal and extralegal variables and their effect on sentencing outcomes. However, only a few States have been subjected to critical or scholarly analysis. With the focal concerns perspective in mind, the current study examines 399 male defendants convicted on Federal drug trafficking charges in the State of Michigan during 2006. Findings reveal that legally relevant factors are the strongest predictor of sentence length, offenders who are detained prior to trial face disparate sentences, and district in which the defendant was adjudicated significantly impacts sentence outcome. These results confirm that case processing strategies are an important source of sentencing disparities. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Sentencing/Sanctions
Index Term(s): Drug offenders; Drug smuggling; Federal courts; Location; Michigan; Sentencing disparity
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