Race differences in felony charging and sentencing: Toward an integration of decision-making and negotiation models
Journal of Crime and Justice
A sample of felony convictions in a state legal system was examined for racial differences in sentence lengths. A small but significant difference was observed, with black offenders receiving longer sentences. Much of the racial disparity appears to occur in the way legal charges are constructed from the factual elements of the offenses. Specifically, offense seriousness predicts final charges better for black than white offenders. The relationship between legal and extralegal variables is shown to be more complicated than is implied by either conflict or legalistic models of legal processing. © 1991, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Crew, B. Keith, "Race differences in felony charging and sentencing: Toward an integration of decision-making and negotiation models" (1991). Faculty Publications. 4581.