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The Effect of Blakely v. Washington on Upward Departures in a Sentencing Guideline State
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
  • Brian Iannacchione, Boise State University
  • Jeremy Ball, Boise State University
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Article
Publication Date
11-1-2008
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Abstract

One of the problems facing the criminal justice system is unwarranted disparity as a result of unbridled discretion. Although disparity, by itself, does not necessarily indicate a problem in the criminal justice system, disparity unwarranted does present a problem. Disparity becomes unwarranted when, controlling for legal factors, extralegal factors such as race/ethnicity, gender, and age influence court processing decisions. The greater the discretion one possesses, the higher the likelihood of unwarranted disparity in one’s decisions (Albonetti, 1991; Meeker, Jesilow, & Aranda, 1992; Bushway & Piehl, 2001). Within the criminal court system, judicial discretion in sentencing has received the most scrutiny.

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The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 24(4), 2008. SAGE Publications, Inc., All rights reserved. DOI: 10.1177/1043986208319731

Citation Information
Brian Iannacchione and Jeremy Ball. "The Effect of Blakely v. Washington on Upward Departures in a Sentencing Guideline State" Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeremy_ball/13/