Sentencing Disparity in Sexually-Oriented Crime against Juveniles: The Influence of Extralegal Factors
College of Liberal Arts
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Within the criminal justice system, sentencing disparity has been a common issue. As disparity affects the way in which we view earned and deserved restorative justice, this could allow for unintended negative consequences. Often, the presence of extralegal factors influences the sentencing disparity seen among similarly situated offenders. This thesis examines the effects of age, race, level of education, and marital status on the jail time served and sentence received for those convicted of internet crimes against children, mostly in regard to possession, distribution, and manufacture of child pornography, through the use of secondary data compiled from Northeastern Ohio jurisdictions and presented in the Cleveland State Law Review in 2015.