skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 31726 Find in a Library
Title: CONVICTION AND SENTENCING IN THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
Journal: CREIGHTON LAW REVIEW  Volume:8  Dated:(JULY 1975)  Pages:923-978
Author(s): F H KULIG; T HAWKINSON
Corporate Author: Creighton University
Creighton Law School
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 56
Sponsoring Agency: Creighton University
Omaha, NE 68178
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS SELECTION PRESENTS TWO ARTICLES WHICH INVESTIGATE THE EFFECTS OF PRETRIAL RELEASE, PRIOR ARRESTS, AND PLEA NEGOTIATIONS ON CONVICTIONS AND SENTENCING OF FELONIES IN DOUGLAS COUNTY, NEBRASKA.
Abstract: BOTH THE STUDIES ANALYZED THE FELONY FILINGS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY DISTRICT COURT IN THE YEARS 1970, 1971, AND 1972, WHICH WERE TREMINATED BY OCTOBER 1973 AS A RESULT OF DISMISSAL BY THE COURT OR PROSECUTOR, A GUILTY PLEA, OR AN ADJUDICATION. THE FIRST STUDY FOUND THAT PRETRIAL RELEASE AND PRIOR ARREST APPARENTLY DO NOT HAVE AN EFFECT ON ONE'S CHANCES OF GETTING CONVICTED, AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE CONVICTION RATES IN DOUGLAS COUNTY. HOWEVER, IT WAS SHOWN THAT PRETRIAL RELEASE AND RACE HAVE A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON THE SENTENCE IMPOSED. ALSO, PRIOR ARREST RECORD OF THE DEFENDANT WAS FOUND TO HAVE A SIMILAR EFFECT ON THE SENTENCE IMPOSED, BUT THIS INFLUENCE WAS NOT AS CLEARLY SHOWN BY THE DATA. THE RESULTS OF THE SECOND STUDY INDICATED THAT THERE IS A DISTINCT ADVANTAGE DERIVED FROM PLEADING GUILTY AS OPPOSED TO PLEADING NOT GUILTY AND ULTIMATELY RECEIVING A CONVICTION SENTENCE. THE EFFECT OF SUCH FACTORS AS RACE, PRETRIAL DISPOSITION, AGE, AND SENTENCING JUDGE ON SENTENCING OUTCOMES IS ALSO DISCUSSED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Criminal histories; Demography; Judicial discretion; Nebraska; Plea negotiations; Pretrial release; Sentencing disparity; Sentencing/Sanctions
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=31726

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.