Contextualizing the Law: Sentencing Decisions of Sexual Assault Cases of Dallas County, 1999-2005

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The incidence of sexual assault inundates the courts with many cases each year. Given the unique nature of the crime, judges and juries are faced with an array of different scenarios to which they are required to make fair, justifiable and consistent decisions. I examine child sexual assault cases of Dallas County 1999-2005, I look at both legal and extralegal factors including case characteristics, institutional characteristics and characteristics of the defendants and the victims. First, I examine the impact of the independent variables on sentence length using regression analysis to determine influences on sentencing for judges and juries. Second, I ... continued below

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Greening, Megan December 2006.

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The incidence of sexual assault inundates the courts with many cases each year. Given the unique nature of the crime, judges and juries are faced with an array of different scenarios to which they are required to make fair, justifiable and consistent decisions. I examine child sexual assault cases of Dallas County 1999-2005, I look at both legal and extralegal factors including case characteristics, institutional characteristics and characteristics of the defendants and the victims. First, I examine the impact of the independent variables on sentence length using regression analysis to determine influences on sentencing for judges and juries. Second, I examine the same factors using Probit analysis to determine which characteristics make a life sentence more probable for those decision-makers.

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Greening, Megan. Contextualizing the Law: Sentencing Decisions of Sexual Assault Cases of Dallas County, 1999-2005, thesis, December 2006; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5461/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .