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April 28, 2012

Wild swings in sentencing ill serves justice in America

A study released last month by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse concluded that federal judges are handing out widely disparate sentences. The study covered each sentence imposed by federal district court judges in the past five years for drug, white-collar and other kinds of crimes. Data for the study had to be pried out of a recalcitrant Justice Department with a Freedom of Information Act filing. The study took in 885 judges who collectively sentenced more than 370,000 defendants from 2007 to 2011.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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