Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Revisited: Does Race Matter for Native American Offenders?

Miriam A. DeLone, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Keith A. Wilmot, University of North Texas

ABSTRACT
Using Minnesota Sentencing Guideline Commission data from 2001, a number of frontstage and backstage sentencing decisions are exmined to see if the decisions for Native American offenders are more harsh or more lenient than for white offenders. A multivariate analysis is conducted on a number of sentencing outcomes, including stayed and executed prison sentences. Both OLS and logistic regression techniques are used, while controlling for a variety of legal and extra-legal variables. A modified conflict theory is proposed as a basis for the research hypotheses and the interpretation of results.

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