Modeling Discretion in American Sentencing Systems

  title={Modeling Discretion in American Sentencing Systems},
  author={Kevin R. Reitz},
Sentencing structures in American jurisdictions have become extraordinarily diverse in the past twenty-five years. Any one punishment structure, such as the federal sentencing guidelines system, the guidelines system of a particular state, or the indeterminate sentencing plan still followed in many states, contains layers of complexity and a multiplicity of decision makers who hold discretion over sentencing outcomes. Increasingly, conceptual tools are needed to analyze and evaluate the… CONTINUE READING


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