EVALUATING THE COOK COUNTY SENTENCING GUIDELINES: A Replication and Extension

JOHN D. HEWITT, ROBERT M. REGOLI, TODD R. CLEAR

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Abstract

This article examines the empirical basis for current criminal sentencing guidelines being used in Cook County, Illinois. Unlike in many other sentencing reforms, guidelines have generally been developed out of an empirical analysis of past sentencing decisions through the identification of variables most predictive of sentence. However, when the statistical analysis is inadequate or faulty, the resultant sentencing guidelines must be questioned. Presented is a reanalysis of the original data used to develop Cook County's sentencing guidelines. Generally, the current sentencing guidelines used in Cook County are not found to be predictive of sentence. Implications of this finding are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-262
Number of pages11
JournalLaw & Policy
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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