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NCJ Number: 31105 Find in a Library
Title: SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS AND CRIMINAL SENTENCING - AN EMPIRICAL ASSESSMENT OF A CONFLICT PROPOSITION
Journal: AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW  Volume:40  Issue:6  Dated:(DECEMBER 1975)  Pages:753-772
Author(s): T G CHIRICOS; G P WALDO
Corporate Author: American Sociological Review
Managing Editor
American Sociological Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: American Sociological Review
Washington, DC 20036
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: EMPIRICAL TEST OF THE PROPOSITION THAT WHEN CRIMINAL SANCTIONS ARE IMPOSED, THE MOST SEVERE SANCTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED ON MEMBERS OF THE LOWEST SOCIAL CLASS.
Abstract: PRISON SENTENCES RECEIVED BY 10,488 INMATES FOR A TOTAL OF 17 SPECIFIC OFFENSES IN THREE SOUTHEASTERN STATES WERE EXAMINED. PRODUCT-MOMENT CORRELATIONS BETWEEN A DEFENDANT'S SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS AND THE SENTENCE RECEIVED PROVIDED NO SUPPORT FOR THE PROPOSITION, AND THIS CONCLUSION WAS FURTHER STRENGTHENED WHEN CONTROLS WERE INTRODUCED FOR THE OFFENDER'S PRIOR RECORD AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS. MULTIPLE CORRELATION AND BETA COEFFICIENTS ARE ALSO EXAMINED WITH SIMILAR CONCLUSIONS. IMPLICATIONS FOR THE EXPLANATION OF CRIMINAL SANCTIONING INSTITUTIONS BY CONFLICT MECHANISMS ARE SUGGESTED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Class discrimination; Discrimination; Sentencing disparity; Sentencing factors; Sentencing/Sanctions; Sociology
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