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NCJ Number: 97456 Find in a Library
Title: Judicial Discretion and Sentencing Disparity in Adult Felony Courts in Israel
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(1985)  Pages:99-115
Author(s): B Z Cohen; G Fishman; J Soroka
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 17
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study focuses on a series of legal, extralegal, and systemic variables presumed to affect the workings of criminal-justice systems.
Abstract: These variables are employed first to analyze the decision of the court to refer defendants for presentence investigation when such a referral is not mandatory, then to examine how these referrals, once made, influence disposition. The relationship of legal representation to disposition is also explored. The findings contradict conventional wisdom regarding the advantages to defendants of legal representation and of presentence reports. Lawyers do not appear to influence either referral or sentencing. The presentence reports are requested by judges seeking to individualize their sentencing decisions, but this process of individualization is as likely to result in harsher sentences as in greater leniency. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system analysis; Defense counsel effectiveness; Dispositions; Presentence investigations
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