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NCJ Number: 97816 Find in a Library
Title: Racial Discrimination in Criminal Sentencing
Journal: Judges Journal  Volume:24  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1985)  Pages:5-11,53-54
Author(s): R M Ochi
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 8
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Racial prejudice in the criminal sentencing of minorities is investigated based on studies, consultations, and testimony presented to the National Minority Advisory Council on Criminal Justice (NMACCJ) in 1982.
Abstract: Cited studies support the NMACCJ report on the pervasiveness of racial prejudice in criminal justice decisionmaking, ranging from the setting of bail, jury selection, plea bargaining, representation by counsel, and the hiring of court personnel to sentencing. Studies indicate that racial disparities in the sentencing of racial minorities can result from racial discrimination or seemingly neutral socioeconomic determinants. It is concluded that judicial roles and sentencing patterns suggest that cultural distance between decisionmakers and defendants tends to decisionmaker attitudes toward the defendant. The greater the cultural distance, the greater the tendency towards bias in making judgments. Forty-two references are listed.
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Racial discrimination; Sentencing disparity
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