Race and sentencing: a study in the Crown Court : a report for the Commission for Racial Equality

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Clarendon Press, 1992 - Law - 343 pages
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This is the first major study to examine whether race is a factor influencing the sentences imposed in the Crown Courts in England. Based on a large sample of cases, it reveals a complex and disturbing pattern of racial differences in the resort to custody, the lengths of sentences, and the choice of alternative punishments. The findings provide a challenge for considering how to eliminate the racial factor from sentencing practices.

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Approach and Method
Some Basic Comparisons of Sentencing Practices
Comparing Custody Rates

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About the author (1992)

Roger Hood, CBE, QC (Hon), DCL, FBA, is a former Professor of Criminology and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a former Director of the Centre for Criminological Research at Oxford University.
Dr. Carolyn Hoyle is a lecturer in Criminology at the Oxford University Centre for Criminology, where her research focuses on the Death Penalty and on the response and demands of families of murder victims.