Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Sociology & Anthropology

Abstract

This research investigates institutional discrimination in the Gallatin and Lewis and Clark County Courts exhibited in the sentencing phase of trial. Through an investigation ofthe sentences given by these courts in 1997, as well as the demographic factors ofthe offenders receiving sentences, institutional discrimination was apparent to some extent. The factors involved in this process are further explored through an examination of relevant sociological theory

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