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ERIC Number: EJ769060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0739-9863
The Relationship between Type of Attorney and Bail Amount Set for Hispanic Defendants
Turner, K. B.; Johnson, James B.
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v29 n3 p384-400 2007
This research empirically examines the difference that type of counsel, public or private, makes in the bail amount set for Hispanic defendants. Data were collected on all felony defendants assigned to the district court in a midwestern county. Specifically, the authors hypothesized that Hispanic defendants who retain the assistance of private counsel will receive lower bail amounts than defendants assigned a court-appointed attorney. Several independent controls were employed including the legal variables--"offense seriousness" and "prior arrests"--and the extralegal variables--"sex," "age," and "residency." These data were analyzed using ordinary least squares multiple regression. The analyses show that although Hispanic defendants utilizing private counsel receive lower bail amounts than defendants assigned a court-appointed attorney, only the variables "age," "residency," and "offense seriousness" significantly affect bail amount set. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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