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Record Sentence, Demographic, and Race Information. Consider Making a Personal Record.

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Record Sentence, Demographic, and Race Information. Consider Making a Personal Record.

General Laws c. 211E requires all sentences to be recorded on a sentencing statement. A separate sentencing statement has been developed for the District and Superior Courts. Please take care to record in MassCourts the following information on race, ethnicity, and gender identity using the below categories, to the maximum extent permitted by software:

Race:

  1. White
  2. Black or African American
  3. American Indian or Alaska Native; and
  4. Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Ethnicity:

  1. Hispanic
  2. Non-Hispanic

Gender:

  1. Male
  2. Female
  3. Non-binary

Upon completion, all sentencing statements are to be submitted to the Sentencing Commission.

Judges, attorneys, and probation officers may wish to keep a personal record of the demographic information and basic facts concerning their cases so that they may track their decisions to detect implicit bias.

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Last updated: April 26, 2019
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