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John Sutton


John Sutton is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches and does research on law, crime and punishment, and organizations. His research tends to be concerned with change over time in legal systems, organizational structures and practices, and institutional fields. Much of his recent work has been concerned with the relationship between inequality and criminal punishment. He has published several papers from an NSF-funded comparative study of incarceration rates and opportunity structures among the developed Western democracies. His current major study uses data on flows of felony cases through urban courts in the U.S. to understand racial-ethnic disparities in sentencing.

Broom Center Publications
John R. Sutton.
"Symbol and Substance: Impacts of California’s Three Strikes Law on Felony Sentencing"
Law & Society Review. 2013. Vol 47, Issue 1.
Sutton, John.
"Structural bias in the sentencing of felony defendants"
Social Science Research 42 (2013) 1207-1221.
Sutton, John.
"Imprisonment and Opportunity Structures: A Bayesian Hierarchical Analysis"
European Sociological Review Vol 28 Number 1. 2012. 12–27.