Sentencer orientation and case details: an interactive analysis

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Title Sentencer orientation and case details: an interactive analysis
Author Homel, Ross; Lawrence, J
Journal Name Law and Human Behavior
Year Published 1992
Place of publication USA
Publisher Springer
Abstract Qualitative measures of magistrates' sentencing orientations were incorporated with archival case data into a multivariate statistical model to examine the contribution of orientation-case variable interactions to penalties imposed on 678 drink-drivers by 8 magistrates in two Australian courts. Sentencing orientations included severity, emphasis on deterrence, use of tariffs, and attention to accident potential. The 44 case variables included blood alcohol concentration, prior offenses, and type of legal representation. Penalties included fine and license loss. Five orientation-case variable interactions contributed 20% of the explained variance in penalties after controls for case variables. Court effects were strong regardless of individualized orientations. The authors conclude that sentencing disparties reflect both personal schemas and court context. Reforms involving information systems should attend to the effects of sentencing orientations on individuals' use of case information. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Australian Research Grants Scheme and university grants from Macquarie and Murdoch Universities (while Lawrence was a member of that university). Invaluable assistance in data collection and analysis was provided by Greg Robertson, Isabel Robinson, Anne Roberts, and Barbara Bentley.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF01044621
Volume 16
Page from 509
Page to 537
ISSN 0147-7307
Date Accessioned 2009-12-02; 2012-05-10T22:21:46Z
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/45031
Publication Type Article in Scholarly refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1a

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