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Examining the Treatment of American Indian Defendants in United States Federal Courts

Abstract In this dissertation, I examine the treatment and sentencing of American Indian defendants. This work contributes to research on cumulative disadvantage and the role race and social context play to influence federal sentencing outcomes. Disparities in federal sentencing for racial and ethnic minorities are an important concern to scholars and policy makers. Literature suggests that blacks and Latinos are sentenced more harshly than similarly situated white offenders. These findings are concerning because they suggest that minorities are treated unfairly by the criminal justice system, questions the legitimacy of how offenders are processed and treated, and defendants of color who are meted out tougher punishments face substantial social and... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Redner-Vera, Erica N. (Author) / Wang, Xia (Advisor) / Spohn, Cassia (Committee member) / Wallace, Danielle (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / American Indians / Cumulative Disadvantage / Federal Sentencing / Longitudinal / Native Americans / Social Context
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 173 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Criminology and Criminal Justice 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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