Sentencing: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2008 - Law - 276 pages

Sentencing: A Reference Handbook offers a complete overview of the complex sentencing procedures devised by the federal government and each of the 50 states.


From the Code of Hammurabi (1800 BC) to the present, Sentencing: A Reference Handbook follows the historical evolution of the process of criminal punishment, then focuses on the U.S. judicial system to show how American sentencing laws have changed in response to surges of different types of crime, or to other factors such as prison overcrowding.

To help readers understand the complex issue of criminal sentencing, this informative volume describes the major sentencing procedures used in American courts (determinate, indeterminate, guidelines-based, and mandatory), highlighting the merits and flaws of each with well-documented cases and examples. Coverage includes a range of contentious issues, including the disproportionate application of the death penalty, sex offender laws, punishing the addicted and the mentally ill, and balancing punishment with rehabilitation.


  • Includes a chronology of events relevant to sentencing issues
  • Provides a detailed annotated bibliography, directory of organizations, and listing of Internet sites where sentencing topics can be investigated or explored

 

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Contents

1 Background and History
1
2 Problems Controversies and Solutions
35
3 Worldwide Perspective
67
4 Chronology
107
5 Biographical Sketches
123
6 Facts and Data
151
7 Directory of Organizations
187
8 Resources
209
Glossary
253
Index
263
About the Author
275
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Dean John Champion, Ph.D., is professor of criminal justice at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Police Misconduct in America.

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