Recent Developments and New Directions in Sentencing Research

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Research on criminal sentencing, particularly on various types of disparity therein, has been an active field of inquiry for decades. This paper provides a conceptual survey of research on non-capital sentencing outcomes since 2000. I first look backward at the research agenda posed by reviews in the early 1980s, and in 2000. I then discuss theoretical developments in the study of sentencing in the 1990s and 2000s. I then provide an overview of recent sentencing research focused on the following: (1) court organizational and social contexts, (2) individual courtroom workgroup members, (3) disparity conditional on intersecting defendant characteristics, (4) victim characteristics, and (5) earlier case processing events and decisions. I then outline several directions for moving sentencing research forward into the next decade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-40
Number of pages40
JournalJustice Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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