How Do Judges Decide? The Search for Fairness and Justice in Punishment

ISBN-10: 1412961041

ISBN-13: 9781412961042

Edition: 2nd 2009

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How are sentences for Federal, State, and Local crimes determined in the United States? Is this process fairly and justly applied to all concerned? How have reforms affected the process over the last 25 years? This text for advanced undergraduate students in criminal justice programs throughout North America seeks to answer these questions.
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List price: $85.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.606

Steven Belenko is Professor in the Temple University Department of Criminal Justice and adjunct Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has conducted extensive research and published widely on drug abuse and crime, the impact of substance abuse on the adult and juvenile justice systems, drug policy, and developing and testing organizational change strategies to improve the implementation of drug treatment for offenders. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is the sole author of two books on drug policy and coauthor of a recent book on implementation of drug treatment in community corrections. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology.Cassia C. Spohn is a Foundation Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She is the author or coauthor of six books, including Policing and Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Inside the Criminal Justice System , which was published in 2013. Her research interests include prosecutorial and judicial decision making, the intersections of race, ethnicity, crime and justice, and sexual assault case processing decisions. In 2013 she received ASU's Award for Leading Edge Research in the Social Sciences and was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

The Goals Of Sentencing
Why Punish?
How Much To Punish?
Theories of Punishment and Judges' Sentencing Decisions
Conclusion
The Sentencing Process
The Judge's Options at Sentencing
Sentencing as a Collaborative Exercise
The Sentencing Process
How Do Judges Decide?
Modeling the Sentencing Process
Sentencing and Case Attributes
Sentencing and Characteristics of the Judge
How do Judges Decide?
Sentencing Disparity And Discrimination: A Focus On Gender
Types of Sentencing Discrimination
Gender Disparity in Sentencing
Disparity and Discrimination in Sentencing
Sentencing Disparity And Discrimination: A Focus On Race/Ethnicity
Racial Disparity in Sentencing
Race and Judges' Sentencing Decisions
Race and the Death Penalty: A Failed Experiment?
Justice From the Bench?
The Sentencing Reform Movement
Structured Sentencing Reforms
Presumptive Sentencing Guidelines
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Statutes
Three-Strikes-and-You're Out Laws
Truth in Sentencing Laws
Three Decades of Reform
The Impact Of Sentencing Reforms
Have Sentencing Reforms Led to More Punitive Sentences?
Have Sentencing Reforms Led to a Reduction in Crime?
Have Sentencing Reforms Reduced Disparity and Discrimination?
Assessing the Impact of the Sentencing Reform Movement
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