Sentencing of White-Collar Offenders Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Celesta A. Albonetti, University of Iowa

This resarch examines judicial and prosecutorial discretion in sentencing offenders convicted of a white-collar crime in federal court. The research further develops and tests the legal bureaucratic model of federal sentencing. The research estimates multivariate models of sentencing that focus the role of guilty pleas and departures on length of imprisonment. Findings indicate the importance of guidelines departures on sentence severity imposed under the federal sentencing guidelines.

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