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NCJ Number: 82880 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Analysis of Federal Sentencing - Final Report
Author(s): W M Rhodes; C Conly
Corporate Author: INSLAW
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 334
Sponsoring Agency: INSLAW
Washington, DC 20005
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20530
Grant Number: J-42723
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study was designed to provide the Federal Sentencing Commission with information to be used in formulating Federal sentencing guidelines.
Abstract: This analysis provides the first step in the development of sentencing guidelines. Findings are presented pertaining to the sentencing of offenders in Federal district courts. The analysis concentrates on 11 offenses: bank embezzlement, postal embezzlement, forgery, mail fraud, bank robbery, drug offenses, income tax violations, homicide, bribery, false claims and statements, and other Federal offenses. This aspect of the research should serve as a model for expanded study, presumably under the auspices of a sentencing commission. Most of the analysis was conducted using data from eight district courts which were representative of the Federal circuits. Data were drawn from presentence investigation reports and from automated files of the U.S. courts. The sentencing commission would have to perform at least two primary tasks to convert these statistics into guidelines. First, the weights derived through analysis would have to be adjusted to reflect the purpose of sentencing. Second, the formulas would have to be converted into a form that is useful for sentencing deliberations. Reference notes are included. Factor analyses and regression results are appended.
Index Term(s): District Courts; Federal Code; Law reform; Sentencing guidelines; Sentencing reform
Note: EJRP-81/004
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