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Inter-Judge Sentencing Disparity on the Federal Bench: An Examination of Drug Smuggling Cases in the Southern District of California


Caleb E. Mason


Miller Barondess, LLP

David Bjerk


Claremont Colleges - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

2013

Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2013
Claremont McKenna College Robert Day School of Economics and Finance Research Paper

Abstract:     
In this paper we exploit a unique dataset we collected directly from the arrest narratives filed in "border bust" drug smuggling cases to analyze inter-judge sentencing disparity. The comprehensiveness of our data combined with the specific sentencing laws that apply to drug trafficking allow us to control very precisely for variations in offense conduct, offender characteristics, and criminal history. We develop a new statistical model of sentencing disparity that we believe is more accurate than previous attempts.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: sentencing, disparity, discretion, drugs, smuggling, judges

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Date posted: April 26, 2013  

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Mason, Caleb E. and Bjerk, David, Inter-Judge Sentencing Disparity on the Federal Bench: An Examination of Drug Smuggling Cases in the Southern District of California (2013). Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2013; Claremont McKenna College Robert Day School of Economics and Finance Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2256768

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Caleb E. Mason (Contact Author)
Miller Barondess, LLP ( email )
1999 Avenue of the Stars
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Los Angeles, CA 90067
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David Bjerk
Claremont Colleges - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance ( email )
500 E. Ninth St.
Claremont, CA 91711-6420
United States
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Germany
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