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Inequality in sentencing types: the importance of institutionalized decision-making

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Title Inequality in sentencing types: the importance of institutionalized decision-making
Period 01 / 2012 - 01 / 2016
Status Current
Dissertation Yes
Research number OND1345169
Data Supplier NWO

Abstract

This study extends prior research into inequalities in judicial sentencing in four respects. First, it inquires the association between non-legal characteristics of defendants and sentencing types (detention, community or learning sentence, fine), rather than sentence severity. Second, it inquires the process of judicial decision-making, rather than its outcomes. Third, it inquires the importance of interactions between judges and defendants for decision-making, rather than judges? considerations only. Fourth, theoretical progress is made by interpreting findings in terms of institutionalized decision-making, especially by focussing on the neglected generating of institutions within organizations, rather than on the reproduction of institutions from the environment.

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Project leader Prof.dr. P. Mascini

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