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Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)
March 9, 2012

Florida Federal Judges Inconsistent on Drug Sentences
By Chris Sweeney

Judges in Florida's Northern and Middle districts have some of the widest variations in the country when it comes to sentencing folks on federal drug charges, according to new data from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a group affiliated with Syracuse University's law school. The findings, based on a review of "sentences imposed by 885 judges in more than 370,000 cases" between 2007 and 2011, show that seven judges in Florida's Northern District doled out a median sentence of 120 months. However, average jail time imposed by the lowest sentencing judge was 51.5 months while average jail time from the highest sentencing judge was 136 months.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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