Tuesday, March 06, 2012

New study lists sentencing disparities between Federal District Courts and Federal District Court Judges/ Eastern District of Pennsylvania among those with highest disparities in drug sentencing

Editors Note: See update post of 3/13/2012 on TRAC report.

TheTransactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University has released a study thatamong other things compares sentencing disparities between Federal DistrictCourts and Judges. Partsof the report made public note that the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is oneof the districts with the ten highest disparities in drug sentencing. (Fourdistricts shared the Eastern District’s ranking.) Studies of individual judges’sentencing patterns are available on a subscriptionbasis. The parts of the study that areavailable to the general public are short and best read in full, but today’s NewYork Times has a good story about it. The public site about the study andthe Times’ story (both of which are not too long) require careful reading, asthe study has its limitations, but they make interesting reading nonetheless.

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