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NCJ Number: 99748 Find in a Library
Title: Pennsylvania's Sentencing Reform - The Impact of Commission-Established Guidelines
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:31  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1985)  Pages:481-500
Author(s): J H Kramer; R L Lubitz
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 20
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Sentencing guidelines have attracted extensive attention as a rational approach to sentencing reform despite little evidence that guidelines act to reduce disparity or increase fairness.
Abstract: This article reports on a major assessment of Pennsylvania's commission-developed guidelines. The findings indicate that the Commission's guidelines have had a substantial impact on sentencing. The article focuses particularly on race, county size, and disparity measures in evaluating the impact of the guidelines. The findings support the conclusion that commission-based guidelines can effect meaningful sentencing reform. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Pennsylvania; Sentencing commissions; Sentencing disparity; Sentencing guideline compliance; Sentencing guidelines; Sentencing reform
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