Faculty Publications

Title

Probation officer recommendations for sentencing relative to judicial practice: The implications for African Americans

Document Type

Article

Keywords

judicial sentencing, probation officer recommendations, race

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Criminal Justice Policy Review

Volume

22

Issue

3

First Page

301

Last Page

329

Abstract

A number of studies have been conducted that assess the role of the prosecutor on judicial decision making in regard to the differential treatment African Americans may receive relative to Whites. Missing from this inquiry has been consideration of the influence that probation officers may have on this process. In the present study, the focal concerns perspective and prior research are used as background to understand the concordance between probation officer sentencing recommendations and decision making by judges and the extent to which this relationship may be tempered by the race of the offender. © 2011 SAGE Publications.

Original Publication Date

9-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1177/0887403410374230

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