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Measuring Inter-Judge Sentencing Disparity Before and After the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

J.M. Anderson, Jeffrey Kling and K. Stith

Working Papers from Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Public and International Affairs

Abstract: This paper evaluated the impact of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines on inter-jusge sentencing disparity, which is defined as the differences in average nominal prison sentence lengths for comparable caseloads assigned to different judges. This disparity is measured as the dispersion disparity os a random effect in a zero-inlfatednegative binomial model.

Keywords: ECONOMIC MODELS; LAW; JUDGES (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K4 C5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 60 pages
Date: 1999
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