Justice in Philadelphia

Steele, James; Barlett, Donald
May 1973
New Republic;5/26/73, Vol. 168 Issue 21, p19
Examines the justice system in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Existence of racial discrimination in the conviction of a violent crime; Judges' imposition of widely varying sentences on defendants with similar backgrounds who were convicted of similar crimes; Evidence that Philadelphia offenders who plead guilty to violent crimes are more likely to be sentenced to longer prison terms than offenders who are found guilty by a judge or jury; Two kinds of justice in Philadelphia; Beliefs about the operation of the criminal courts and their influence on crime; Lack of guidelines, internal review and accountability to the public.


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