Free At Last? Judicial Discretion and Racial Disparities in Federal Sentencing

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The Federal Sentencing Guidelines were created to reduce unwarranted sentencing disparities among similar defendants. This paper explores the impact of increased judicial discretion on racial disparities in sentencing after the Guidelines were struck down in United States v. Booker (2005). Using data on the universe of federal defendants, I find that black… (More)

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@inproceedings{Center2012FreeAL, title={Free At Last? Judicial Discretion and Racial Disparities in Federal Sentencing}, author={J M Center and Crystal S. Yang}, year={2012} }