Sentencing Decisions in Florida: An Analysis of Sentencing in a Guidelines State

Matthew S. Crow, Florida State University

Among the various decisional points throughout the criminal justice process, the sentencing decision continues to be of high interest for both researchers and policy-makers alike. Following decades of debate and increasingly sophisticated research, the causes, solutions, and even the existence of unwarranted disparity are still unclear. Furthermore, the impact of policy initiatives such as guidelines and mandatory minimums on sentencing patterns is unknown in all but a few states and the federal system. This research design focuses on sentencing in the state of Florida over several years following the implementation of several sentencing law reforms. Multi-level models of sentencing will be discussed.

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Updated 05/20/2006