Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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Drawing upon a national sample of offenders from the U.S. Sentencing Commission through the ICPSR, the current study examines the extent of racial disparities in federal sentencing of drug offenders. After controlling for demographic characteristics of the defendants results from the analysis indicate that blacks and Hispanics convicted of drug offenses receive more prison sentences than white defendants. Black defendants receive longer prison sentences than whites and Hispanics for the same type of drug offenses. Although Hispanics receive more prison sentences than whites their prisons sentences are significantly shorter than prison sentences for black and white defendants. It is determined that the interaction between race of the defendant and the type of crime affects federal sentencing outcomes for drug offenses.
Disparities; Drug; Federal; Offenders; Racial; Sentencing
Criminology; Blacks--Study and teaching; Hispanic Americans--Study
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Castrejon, Jorge Adrian, "Racial disparities in the federal sentencing of drug offenders" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1929.