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

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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