The relative influence of legal and extra-legal factors on sentence recommendations were analyzed in a sample of 153 pre-sentence investigations for felony drug offenders. I adhere to a consensus approach by hypothesis that the legal variables are more associated with the sentence recommendation than the extra-legal variables of race, gender, and employment status. This hypothesis was tested by crosstabulation, zero-order correlation, and multiple regression. Behavior while on pre-trial release, employment status, the type of felony, prior record, and a history of similar arrests were found to be the most significant correlates to the sentence recommendation.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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"Legal and Extra-Legal Factors Affecting the sentence Recommendations for Felony Drug Offenders in Pre-sentence Investigations,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 1:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol1/iss1/9