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Author: Kimberly M. Mattison

Title: An Economic Analysis of Criminal Sentencing in Nineteenth Century Illinois

Subtitle: -

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, Clemson University

Year: May 2010

Pages: vi + 59pp.

OCLC Number: 687918339 – Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century | U.S. History | Offenders: Alcohol


Link: TigerPrints: Clemson University Digital Repository (Free Access)


Abstract: »Using an econometric model, this paper examines the effect a criminal's alcohol usage may have played in sentence length in nineteenth century Illinois. With the prevalence of the temperance movement, did jurors' feelings about alcohol usage influence the sentencing of criminals? This paper also seeks to identify other extra-legal factors affecting Illinois sentencing. My thesis begins by explaining the historical context of both the Illinois criminal system and the temperance movement during the nineteenth century. The next section explains the data and relevant summary statistics. The driving theory and empirical issues that arise follow. Finally, the determinant factors in sentencing will be discussed as revealed through analysis. A summary of the major findings and ideas for further research conclude. No extra-legal factors were found to be a significant factor in nineteenth century Illinois sentencing. Several possible explanations for the lack of extra-legal factors are discussed.« (Source: Thesis)


  Abstract (p. ii)
  Acknowledgements (p. iii)
  List of Tables (p. v)
  List of Figures (p. vi)
  I. Introduction (p. 1)
  II. Nineteenth Century Illinois Criminal Procedure (p. 3)
  III. Theoretical and Empirical Issues (p. 6)
  IV. Data (p. 10)
  V. Determinants of Criminal Sentences (p. 14)
    a. Full Sample (p. 18)
    b. Violent, Property, and Confidence Crimes (p. 19)
    c. Cook County and All Other Counties (p. 20)
    d. Pre and Post Civl War (p. 21)
  VI. Conclusion (p. 22)
  Appendix A: Tables (p. 24)
  References (p. 57)