TRANSFERRED JUVENILES: THE EFFECTS OF RACE AND GENDER ON SENTENCING OUTCOMES

Open Access
Author:
O'Donnell-Zwaig, Erin
Area of Honors:
Sociology
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Jeffrey Todd Ulmer, Thesis Supervisor
  • Stacy Silver, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • juveniles
  • sentencing
  • race
  • focal concerns theory
  • criminology
  • transferred juveniles
Abstract:
This thesis utilizes the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing Data in an effort to Explore how race and gender affects the sentencing outcomes of transferred juveniles. Focal concerns theory serves as a theoretical framework for a more comprehensive understanding of how the intersectionality of race and gender impact sentencing outcomes. Using multinomial logistic regression to analyze the data, findings suggest that both Hispanic and Male juveniles are at the highest risk of receiving the harshest sentences. Implications of these findings and recommendations on how to improve this study for further research is detailed below, in the conclusion