Place, Race, and Variations in Federal Criminal Justice Practices

18 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2020

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Mona Lynch

University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

This article is a revised version of the 30th annual Walter C. Reckless-Simon Dinitz Memorial Lecture, delivered by Mona Lynch at The Ohio State University on April 18, 2019. The lecture addresses the motivating questions that have framed Lynch's ongoing research on the federal criminal system which are: 1) How is the power of criminal law mobilized—and resisted—in varied, creative ways by legal actors? 2) How do those variations manifest as local norms and practices that transcend individual actors and moments in time? 3) Finally, and most critically, how does this “live” version of the law produce and maintain inequalities that formal law & policy explicitly aim to eliminate?

Keywords: sentencing, prosecutors, federal sentencing guidelines

Suggested Citation

Lynch, Mona, Place, Race, and Variations in Federal Criminal Justice Practices (2019). 17 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 167, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3543250

Mona Lynch (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society ( email )

2340 Social Ecology 2, RM
Irvine, CA 92697
United States

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