Symposium ASC Panel
American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 17 - 2:00pm - 3:20pm
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel
San Francisco, California
The world of sentencing has experienced a sea change over the past 25 years. The world of sentencing research, in contrast, has been fairly calm since the 1983 National Academy of Sciences report, "Research on Sentencing: The Search for Reform". This panel describes research recently conducted under a grant from the National Science Foundation to reinvigorate the on-going conversation on sentencing and contribute to the literature on the subject. The primary goal is to describe prior research on sentencing and advance this body of work by emphasizing cross-disciplinary perspectives. We focus on four areas: risk assessment in sentencing, discretion and decision making, managing criminal justice populations, and the role of race in sentencing outcomes.