Panel I: The Impacts of Sentencing Disparity within the United States

Marissa Gemmel

Description/Abstract

Offenders are being punished inequitably, owing to sentencing disparity in the judicial system. This is creating a number of problems within the correctional facilities, and fueling inmate violence. This paper will explore the consequences of disparity in the phases of our justice system as they ultimately impact the correctional institutions in America. The research examines the most glaring abuse of the justice process: the sentencing phase. Sentencing disparity occurs when African American or Hispanic offenders receive longer sentences for a similar crime as a Caucasian. The literature reveals that, although unequal treatment occurs at many points along the criminal justice process, the most damaging consequences are experienced in the correctional institutions. The paper concludes with a look at gender-bias in the justice system, and the effects of socio-economic status inequities as well.

 
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Panel I: The Impacts of Sentencing Disparity within the United States

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Offenders are being punished inequitably, owing to sentencing disparity in the judicial system. This is creating a number of problems within the correctional facilities, and fueling inmate violence. This paper will explore the consequences of disparity in the phases of our justice system as they ultimately impact the correctional institutions in America. The research examines the most glaring abuse of the justice process: the sentencing phase. Sentencing disparity occurs when African American or Hispanic offenders receive longer sentences for a similar crime as a Caucasian. The literature reveals that, although unequal treatment occurs at many points along the criminal justice process, the most damaging consequences are experienced in the correctional institutions. The paper concludes with a look at gender-bias in the justice system, and the effects of socio-economic status inequities as well.