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Unformatted text preview: Effects of Defendant Characteristics, Guilty Pleas, and Departures on Sentence Outcomes for Drug Offenses;” James Creyole’s “Measuring and Explaining Disparities in Felony Sentences: Courtroom Work Group Factors and Race, Sex, and Socioeconomic Influences on Sentence Severity;” and a other works by a variety of others. In the article, “The Political Context of Sentencing: An Analysis of Community and Individual Determinants,” both Ronald Helms and David Jacobs also points out that political factors and local court environments affect the way in which judges, who are elected, decide to rule on a case. Another issue is whether or not the media, such as television and the internet, influences public perception of crime, which in turn affects prosecutorial discretion....
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- Summer '09
- Media, criminal law, Federal Sentencing guidelines, prosecutorial discretion, crime disposition, Work Group Factors, Socioeconomic Influences