Persistent Offender Law: Racial Disparity, Patterned Offenses, and Unintended Effects

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LFB Scholarly Pub., 2003 - Social Science - 144 pages
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Annotation Given increasingly tough crime control policy trends in the US, Rodriguez (administration of justice, Arizona State U. West) studied the theoretical context and consequences of Washington State's Persistent Offender Accountability Act from 1993-97, one of many state and a Federal "three strikes" laws. She found some but not consistent race/ethnicity disparity in sentencing chronic offenders of serious crimes. Interviews with courtroom personnel yielded much uncertainty about the law's impact on crime. Data tables and the interview questions are appended. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Sentencing Mechanisms and Courtroom Culture
Three Strikes Law and Racial Disparity
Analytical Results

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Nancy Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Administration of Justice Department at Arizona State University West. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Washington State University at Pullman. Her research interests include state sentencing guidelines and juvenile court processes. She has various publications on three strikes law, juvenile drug courts, and juvenile diversion programs.

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