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  Legal and Scholarly — TRAC Fellow
Harvard John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business
August 2013

Have Inter-Judge Sentencing Disparities Increased In An Advisory Guidelines Regime? Evidence From Booker
By Crystal S. Yang

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, in particular Susan Long, generously provided sentencing data for use in this project in my role as a TRAC Fellow of the Center. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) recently compiled a dataset of the sentencing records of over 800 federal judges from fiscal year 2007 to 2011. See Susan B. Long & David Burnham, TRAC Report: Examining Current Federal Sentencing Practices: A National Study of Differences Among Judges, 25 FED.SENTENCING REP.6,7 2012; see also Big Sentencing Disparity Seen for Judges,N.Y. TIMES, March 5, 2012, at A23. Relying on the random assignment of cases to judges within district courthouses, the TRAC study found statistically significant, unexplained differences in the typical sentences of judges in over half of the courthouses studied........[citing TRAC research].

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