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NCJ Number: 50414 Find in a Library
Title: SENTENCE DISPOSITIONS ACCORDED ASSAULT AND BURGLARY OFFENDERS - AN EXPLORATORY STUDY IN TWELVE CALIFORNIA COUNTIES
Journal: JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE  Volume:6  Issue:2  Dated:(SUMMER 1978)  Pages:151-165
Author(s): C E POPE
Corporate Author: Pergamon Press, Inc
United States of America

Acad of Criminal Justice Sciences
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Acad of Criminal Justice Sciences
Highland Heights, KY 41099-5998
Pergamon Press, Inc
Elmsford, NY 10523
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL AND LEGAL FACTORS AS INFLUENCES ON SENTENCING DECISIONS IS EXPLORED IN A STUDY OF OFFENDER-BASED TRANSACTION STATISTICS FOR ASSAULT AND BURGLARY OFFENDERS ARRESTED FROM 1969 THROUGH 1971.
Abstract: THE STUDY CONSIDERS AGE, RACE, SEX, AND CRIMINAL HISTORY AS FACTORS IN DISPOSITIONS AT THE MUNICIPAL AND SUPERIOR COURT LEVELS IN CALIFORNIA. PREDICTIVE ATTRIBUTE ANALYSIS -- A METHOD OF PREDICTING OUTCOMES FOR SELECTED VARIABLES BY DIVIDING DATA INTO HIERARCHICAL GROUPINGS -INDICATES THAT LEGAL VARIABLES (CRIMINAL RECORD AND CRIMINAL STATUS) ARE IMPORTANT DETERMINANTS OF SENTENCE OUTCOME. BURGLARY OFFENDERS TENDED TO FARE WORSE THAN ASSAULT OFFENDERS IN THE JUDICIAL PROCESS, BUT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO OFFENSE GROUPS WERE NOT SUBSTANTIAL. REGARDLESS OF OFFENSE, DISPOSITIONS AT THE SUPERIOR COURT LEVEL TENDED TO BE MORE SEVERE THAN THOSE AT THE LOWER COURT LEVEL. FEMALES CONSISTENTLY RECEIVED MORE LENIENT TREATMENT THAN MALES. BLACKS GENERALLY RECEIVED MORE SEVERE DISPOSITIONS THAN WHITES, BUT RACE DID NOT PLAY AS PREDOMINANT A ROLE AS OTHER SOCIAL VARIABLES AND LEGAL VARIABLES. THE ANALYSIS DEMONSTRATES THE POTENTIAL OF TRANSACTIONAL DATA AND PREDICTIVE ATTRIBUTE ANALYSIS IN EXPLORING THE SENTENCING PROCESS FOR SELECTED OFFENDER GROUPS. SUPPORTING DATA, FLOWCHARTS DEPICTING THE RESULTS OF THE ANALYSIS, AND A LIST OF REFERENCES IS INCLUDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Burglary; California; Dispositions; Offender-based transaction statistics; Sentencing/Sanctions
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