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dc.contributor.advisorJohnson, Brian Den_US
dc.contributor.authorStewart, Christina Danielleen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-07T06:30:54Z
dc.date.available2015-02-07T06:30:54Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M22K6D
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/16253
dc.description.abstractThe literature on sentencing assumes a strong relationship between processing time and case outcomes, both directly and in connection with the mode of conviction. Yet, the role of time has largely been ignored in research on court actor decision making. The current study examines this important, although rarely empirically tested, dimension of the criminal justice process. By combining data from the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy with information from court records, this study explores the effect of time to disposition on sentence severity and assess the impact that controlling for time to disposition has on mode of conviction effects. Findings support the importance of time to sentencing, demonstrating a significant, positive effect of time to disposition on sentence severity. Time to disposition, however, does not mediate the effects of mode of conviction, which raises important theoretical questions about the mechanisms driving trial penalties.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleProcessing and Punishment: Examining the Relationship between Time to Disposition, Mode of Conviction, and Sentence Severityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentCriminology and Criminal Justiceen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledCriminologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcase processingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcriminal courtsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledplea bargainingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsentencingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledtrial penaltyen_US


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