POLI4023_ResearchTopic_IntroductorySection_Jsolite - Joshua...

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Joshua Solite March 1, 2011 POLI 4023 Dr. Haynie Research Topic: Income, Media, and Other Effects in Crime Disposition Introductory Section Crime, defined as an act punishable by law, has and will always be a part of any society in which laws exist. Disposition, in criminal law, is defined as the sentence given to the defendant in a criminal case. It is proven and obvious that the sentence administered to a particular individual depends on the seriousness and severity of the crime committed. However, many researchers, professors, and attorneys agree that there are a number of other factors that influence crime disposition and the prosecutorial discretion of judges and other legal entities. Some question whether factors such as race, income, and educational level of a defendant influence the sentencing decisions of judges. Others point 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
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This note was uploaded on 07/10/2011 for the course POLI 4023 taught by Professor Moyer during the Summer '09 term at LSU.

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