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De Facto Mandatory: A Qua ntitative Assessment of Reasonableness Review After Booker
By Carrie Leonetti

A new study has “found vast disparities in the prison sentences handed down by [district] judges presiding over similar cases.” This study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University analyzed the sentences imposed by 885 federal district judges in more than 370,000 criminal cases between the years 2007–2011 has discovered extensive variations in the sentencing practices of district judges in different districts. Because the report examined differences in sentencing practices within individual districts where judges presumably received the same general mix of cases, this finding raises questions about the extent to which sentences in some districts are influenced by the particular judge rather than the facts of the specific case.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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