Race, Gender, And Age Of Criminal Sentencing : The Punishment Cost Of Being Young, Black,

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Dating back to several hundreds of years ago, people have always been discriminated against. In today’s society, one might think that discrimination is outdated, however, it happens more than a person might think. Stemming back from how a person was raised to what type of social situations they have been immersed in can result in some sort of discrimination or bias. Three physical characteristics are often times the root cause of most discrimination, race, gender, and age. In a research paper titled “The Interaction of Race, Gender, and Age in Criminal Sentencing: The Punishment Cost of Being Young, Black, and Male” three university researchers ask a series of question to determine if race, gender, and age have an effect on judicial sentencing, and how “these factors might contextualize on another”. The authors look at previous research to help in aiding what questions would be appropriate to ask for this study. They cite a number of different sources to help them achieve their goal of finding an answer to their questions. Previous research has revealed that many of the common physical characteristics that tend to be discriminated most have all been studied independently. The authors examine what types of studies have been conducted in the past to help them gage where they need to focus their research on. The authors have discovered that prior research has typically ignored how race, gender, and age influences sentencing decisions of criminal defendants. The authors

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