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Handbook on sentencing policies and practices in the 21st century, Cassia Spohn & Pauline K. Brennan

Sentencing Policies and Practices in the 21st Century focuses on the evolution and consequences of sentencing policies and practices, with sentencing broadly defined to include plea bargaining, judicial and juror decision making, and alternatives to incarceration, including participation in problem-solving courts. This collection of essays and reports of original research explores how sentencing policies and practices, both in the United States and internationally, have evolved, explores important issues raised by guideline and non-guideline sentencing, and provides an overview of recent research on plea bargaining in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Other topics include the role of criminal history in sentencing, the past and future of capital punishment, strategies for reducing mass incarceration, problem-solving courts, and restorative justice practices. Each chapter summarizes what is known, identifies the gaps in the research, and discusses the theoretical, empirical, and policy implications of the research findings. The volume is grounded in current knowledge about the specific topics, but also presents new material that reflects the thinking of the leading minds in the field and that outlines a research agenda for the future. This is Volume 4 of the American Society of Criminology's Division on Corrections and Sentencing handbook series. Previous volumes focused on risk assessment, disparities in punishment, and the consequences of punishment decisions. The handbooks provide a comprehensive overview of these topics for scholars, students, practitioners, and policymakers
Table Of Contents
Introduction / Cassia Spohn and Pauline Brennan -- The transformation of sentencing in the 21st century / Megan C. Kurlychek and John H. Kramer -- Sentencing guidelines in the U.S. / Richard S. Frase and Kelly Lyn Mitchell -- Sentencing guidelines outside the United States / Julian V. Roberts and Lyndon Harris -- Inter-district differences and extra-legal disparity under the federal sentencing guidelines : the trees are "substantially" more important than the forest / Richard D. Hartley -- Minimum sentencing for serious offences : lessons from Australia / Kate Fitz-Gibbon and James Roffee -- Discretionary release practices for juveniles facing life : a review of state parole and resentencing procedures / Stuti S. Kokkalera and Simon I. Singer -- Plea negotiations : an Australian perspective / Arie Freiberg and Asher Flynn -- Plea bargaining in the shadow of the trial / Amy Dezember and Allison D. Redlich -- Estimating the size of plea discounts : why does it matter? / Shi Yan -- To plead or not to plead? 'guilt' is the question : re-thinking plea decision-making in Anglo-American countries / Jay Gormley and Cyrus Tata -- Evolving attitudes toward capital punishment / Amy L. Anderson, Weng-Fong Chao and Philip Schwadel -- Disparities in death penalty prosecution and punishment : a review of recent research / Jeffery T. Ulmer and Lily Hanrath -- Rethinking the role of criminal history in sentencing / Rhys Hester, Richard S. Frase, Julia Laskorunsky and Kelly Lyn Mitchell -- AB109 in California : realignment, decarceration and crime in Los Angeles County / Katharine Tellis and Cassia Spohn -- The problem with problem-solving courts : the black box remains unopened after thirty years / Eileen M. Ahlin and Anne S. Douds -- Restorative justice practices and challenges in the United States / Jennifer L. Lanterman
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non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (407 pages).
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