Sentencing Research

The Sentencing Commission uses data & research to develop and evaluate current policies around Sentencing in Utah.

Examining Equity at Pre-Sentencing

Decades of research have demonstrated a systemic and nation-wide presence of racial and ethnic disparities in the United States’ criminal justice system. In this report we evaluate outcomes by race-ethnicity at the Pre-Sentence Investigation Level.
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Key-Takeaway

"While controlling for relevant factors, including the nature of the offense and the individual's criminal history, we find a difference in the rate that individuals are recommended prison in comparison to a more lenient sentence across selected racial and ethnic groups."

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