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Felony Sentencing in Rural and Urban Courts: Comparing Formal Legal and Substantive Political Models in the West


Victoria A. Springer


University of Nevada, Reno

Janice Russell


University of Nevada, Reno - The Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies

Matthew C Leone


University of Nevada, Reno; University of Nevada, Reno - The Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies

James T. Richardson


University of Nevada, Reno - The Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies

July 3, 2009


Abstract:     
This study explored two models of sentencing in urban and rural districts in Nevada (2007 felony sentencing data, N=10,873). It was hypothesized that sentence lengths and dispositions would differ between rural and urban districts. Furthermore, it was hypothesized that urban districts would follow a formal legal model – in which only legal variables (crime features, criminal history) act as predictors of sentencing outcomes, whereas rural districts would follow a substantive political model – in which extralegal factors (age, sex, race / ethnicity, etc.) also predict sentencing outcomes. The authors found that urban and rural districts in Nevada conformed to a substantive political model of sentencing (including both legal and extralegal factors), though legal factors were often the strongest predictors of sentencing outcomes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: sentencing, rural, urban, formal legal model, substantive political model

JEL Classification: K1, K14

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Date posted: August 2, 2009  

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Springer, Victoria A. and Russell, Janice and Leone, Matthew C and Richardson, James T., Felony Sentencing in Rural and Urban Courts: Comparing Formal Legal and Substantive Political Models in the West (July 3, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1441593 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1441593

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Victoria A. Springer (Contact Author)
University of Nevada, Reno ( email )
Reno, NV 89557
United States
Janice Russell
University of Nevada, Reno - The Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies ( email )
University of Nevada, Reno
Mailstop 313
Reno, NV 89557
United States
Matthew C Leone
University of Nevada, Reno ( email )
Reno, NV 89557
United States
University of Nevada, Reno - The Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies ( email )
University of Nevada, Reno
Mailstop 313
Reno, NV 89557
United States
James T. Richardson
University of Nevada, Reno - The Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies ( email )
University of Nevada, Reno
Mailstop 313
Reno, NV 89557
United States
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