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Sentencing Guidelines and Judicial Discretion: Quasi-experimental Evidence from Human Calculation Errors

Shawn D. Bushway, Emily G. Owens, Anne Morrison Piehl

NBER Working Paper No. 16961
Issued in April 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

The research described herein was supported under an award from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. We thank David Soule and Stacy Najaka of the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy for their extraordinary cooperation and support. We also want to thank Robin Lyles, Richard Tamberino, and Rebecca Gowen of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for assistance with data collection. For helpful comments, the authors thank William Evans, Rick Geddes, Peter Reuter, Hilary Sigman, Jeffrey Smith, Charles Wellford and participants at workshops at Cornell University, Syracuse University, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, Maryland, Cornell University, Syracuse University, and the CSWEP Workshop. Points of view in the document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Justice, the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services or their constituent agencies. Please address all questions and comments to Emily Owens at ego5@cornell.edu. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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