Place, Race, and Variations in Federal Criminal Justice Practices
18 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2020
Date Written: 2019
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
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