Sentencing: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • Dean John Champion
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  • ISBN-10: 1598840886
  • ISBN-13: 9781598840889
  • DDC: 345.73
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 276 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Overview

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

Too lenient? Too harsh? Biased against minorities and the poor? Too easily influenced by public opinion or defiantly nonresponsive to it? The process of determining punishment for convicted criminals in the United States has no end of critics from across the political spectrum. But exactly how are sentences determined in state and federal courts? Have efforts to deter crime through harsher sentences proven effective? 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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
About the Book.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Worldwide Perspective.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: John Augustus (1785–1859).
7: Francis Lee Bailey (b. 1933).
8: Zebulon Brockway (1827–1920).
9: Warren E. Burger (1907–1995).
10: Johnnie L. Cochran (1937–2005).
11: Sir Edward Coke (1552–1634).
12: Sir Walter Crofton (1815–1897).
13: Alan Dershowitz (b. 1938).
14: Elizabeth Gurney Fry (1780–1845).
15: Peter Greenwood (b. 1939–).
16: Hammurabi (1810–1750 BC).
17: John Howard (1720–1790).
18: Henry C. Lee (b. 1938).
19: Alexander Maconochie (1787–1860).
20: William Penn (1644–1718).
21: John Roberts (b. 1955).
22: Barry Scheck (b. 1949).
23: William Howard Taft (1857–1930).
24: Peter Oxenbridge Thatcher (1776–1842).
25: Earl Warren (1891–1974).
26: References.
27: Facts and Data.
28: Sentenced U.S. Inmates in Jails and Prisons.
29: Offenders on Probation in the United States.
30: Offenders on Parole in the United States.
31: Average Sentence Lengths for Various Offenses.
32: U.S. Supreme Court General Sentencing Cases.
33: References.
34: Directory of Organizations.
35: Resources.
Glossary.
Index.
About the Author.
Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
About the Book.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Worldwide Perspective.
4: Chronology.
5: Biographical Sketches.
6: John Augustus (1785–1859).
7: Francis Lee Bailey (b. 1933).
8: Zebulon Brockway (1827–1920).
9: Warren E. Burger (1907–1995).
10: Johnnie L. Cochran (1937–2005).
11: Sir Edward Coke (1552–1634).
12: Sir Walter Crofton (1815–1897).
13: Alan Dershowitz (b. 1938).
14: Elizabeth Gurney Fry (1780–1845).
15: Peter Greenwood (b. 1939–).
16: Hammurabi (1810–1750 BC).
17: John Howard (1720–1790).
18: Henry C. Lee (b. 1938).
19: Alexander Maconochie (1787–1860).
20: William Penn (1644–1718).
21: John Roberts (b. 1955).
22: Barry Scheck (b. 1949).
23: William Howard Taft (1857–1930).
24: Peter Oxenbridge Thatcher (1776–1842).
25: Earl Warren (1891–1974).
26: References.
27: Facts and Data.
28: Sentenced U.S. Inmates in Jails and Prisons.
29: Offenders on Probation in the United States.
30: Offenders on Parole in the United States.
31: Average Sentence Lengths for Various Offenses.
32: U.S. Supreme Court General Sentencing Cases.
33: References.
34: Directory of Organizations.
35: Resources.
Glossary.
Index.
About the Author.