Testing the Liberation Hypothesis: A Study on Model Specification

David W. Holleran, East Tennessee State University

ABSTRACT
A few sentencing studies have utilized the "Liberation Hypothesis" to test for differences in sentencing outcomes based on offender race/ethnicity and offense seriousness. Using data from the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, this study incorporates a model specification that more appropriately tests the Liberation Hypothesis as it relates to the disposition decision. The results from the model specifications used to this point are compared with the model specification offered in this study.

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