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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Hoffman et al. on Harsh Sentences and Judicial Age and Gender

Morris B. HoffmanFrancis X. ShenVijeth Iyengar and Frank Krueger (Second Judicial District Court Judge, State of Colorado, University of Minnesota Law School, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and George Mason University - Department of Psychology) have posted The Intersectionality of Age and Gender on the Bench: Are Younger Female Judges Harsher with Serious Crimes? (40.1 COLUM. J. GENDER & L. 128 (2020)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
We analyzed sentencing data from sixteen years of criminal trials in the State of Colorado, consisting of almost 3,000 individual sentences, and discovered an interaction effect of harm, gender, and age not reported in any of the empirical or experimental literature. Young female judges punished high harm crimes substantially more than their male and older female colleagues. These results, if confirmed, could have significant strategic and tactical implications for practicing lawyers. They may also inform policies surrounding judicial selection, education, training, and retirement.

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