Exploring Sources of Sentence Disparity

  • Shari Seidman Diamond
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 2)


Do similar offenders who commit similar offenses under similar circumstances generally receive similar sentences? The evidence suggests that they do not. Both correctional officials and judges have reported their impressions of wide disparities in criminal sentencing (cf. Bennett, 1964, p. 319, Frankel, 1973, p. 6).


Organize Crime Criminal Record Case Characteristic Sentence Level Drug Offense 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shari Seidman Diamond
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of IllinoisChicagoUSA

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