Sentencing disparity and departures from guidelines

@inproceedings{Kramer1996SentencingDA,
  title={Sentencing disparity and departures from guidelines},
  author={J. H. T. Kramer and Jeffery Todd Ulmer},
  year={1996}
}
Unwarranted sentencing disparity, a long-standing concern for sociologists studying criminal sentencing, helped to stimulate reforms of sentencing such as sentencing guidelines. Guidelines, however, do not assure the elimination or even the reduction of sentencing disparity. Courts have the discretion to deviate from guideline recommendations, and these departures become a potential source of unwarranted disparity. Therefore we examine five years of recent sentencing data from Pennsylvania… CONTINUE READING

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