Reassessing and Redirecting Research on Race and Sentencing

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Drawing on a systematic assessment of the accumulated empirical literature and interviews with 25 race and sentencing scholars, this paper argues that the standard approach adopted in research on race and sentencing in criminology is insufficient for addressing the key underlying questions that motivate this work, including whether, where, how, and why race may matter. In light of this assessment, the paper lays out some additional directions for empirical research in this area that would bolster the validity and reliability of our knowledge about how race shapes sentencing and enhance the policy relevance of this work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-261
Number of pages31
JournalJustice Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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