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NCJ Number: 97356 Find in a Library
Title: Convicting and Sentencing Differences Among Black, Hispanic, and White Males in six Localities
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1985)  Pages:67-77
Author(s): S Welch; C Spohn; J Gruhl
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 11
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines differences in convicting and sentencing, according to race, male defendants in six localities at the same time and with the same methodology.
Abstract: The many studies examining differences in convicting and sentencing black, Hispanic, and white defendants have not led to solid generalizations about the treatment of these defendants, because the studies have been done at different times and with different methodologies. This study concludes that discrimination is directed against blacks and is manifested in incarceration rates. The exact source of this discrimination is not identical in all cities. In some, it seems to occur because whites get better plea bargains than blacks; in others, it is due to the different rates of guilty pleas by black and whites. Overall, there is less evidence of discrimination in cases where a trial is held than in those where a guilty plea is entered. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Convictions; Hispanic Americans; Racial discrimination; Sentencing disparity
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