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NCJ Number: 89993 Find in a Library
Title: Detecting Sentencing Disparity - Some Problems and Evidence
Journal: American Journal of Sociology  Volume:86  Issue:4  Dated:(1981)  Pages:869-880
Author(s): R J Thomson; M T Zingraff
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Research has yet to establish convincingly either the existence or the absence of sentencing discrimination. This paper identifies major methodological and conceptual problems inherent in sentencing disparity research.
Abstract: It presents an empirical analysis of the racial disparity argument for the years 1969, 1973, and 1977. Evidence is presented which indicates that sentencing patterns fluctuate with contextual variation, racial discrimination at the sentencing stage exists, and the detection of sentencing discrimination can easily be obscured by a number of pitfalls. Footnotes, tables, and 32 references are included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Sentencing disparity
Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Boston, August 1979.
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