Examining predictors which may influence sentencing outcomes for individuals convicted of offenses against children: A brief report

Erika D. Frenzel, Mari B. Pierce

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Numerous studies examine sentencing decisions, yet little attention has been given to sentencing of child maltreatment and, more specifically, on variables that could impact sentencing outcomes for this form of criminality. Using Pennsylvania Sentencing Data for 2006, this research adds to the existing sentencing research by exploring predictors that might influence sentencing decisions for individuals convicted of crimes against children. The findings indicate that offender sex significantly affects the sentencing decision and offender age significantly affects sentencing length. In addition, all offense characteristics significantly influence the sentencing length decision. Implication of these results and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)772-784
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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