A model of criminal sentencing that holds that criminal offenders deserve the punishment they receive at the hands of the law and that punishments should be appropriate to the type of severity of the crime committed.
The use of imprisonment or other means to reduce the likelihood that an offender will commit future offenses.
A goal of criminal sentencing that seeks to inhibit criminal behavior through the fear of punishment.
A goal of criminal sentencing that seeks to prevent a particular offender from engaging in repeat criminality.
A goal of criminal sentencing that seeks to prevent others from committing crimes similar to the one for which a particular offender is being sentenced by making an example of the person sentenced.
The attempt to reform a criminal offender. Works through education and psychological treatment.
A sentencing model that builds on restitution and community participation in an attempt to make the victim "whole again."
A model of criminal punishment that encourages rehabilitation through the use of general and relatively unspecific sentences (such as a term of imprisonment of from one to ten years).
The amoung to time deducted from time to be served in prison on a given sentence as a consequence of participation in special projects or programs.
The amount of time deducted form time to be served in prison on a given sentence as a consequence of good behavior.
A sentencing principle that holds that the severity of sanctions should bear a direct relationship to the seriousness of the crime committed.
A sentencing principle, based on concerns with social equality, that holds that similar crimes should be punished with the same degree of severity, regardless of the social or personal characteristics of the offenders.
A sentencing principle that holds that an offender's criminal history should objectively be taken into account in sentencing decisions.
A model of criminal punishment that includes determinate and commission-created presumptive sentencing schemes, as well as voluntary/advisory sentencing guidelines.
A model of criminal punishment in which an offender is given a fixed term of imprisonment that may be reduced by good time or gain time.
Voluntary/Advisory Sentencing Guidelines
Recommended sentencing policies that are not required by law.
A model of criminal punishment that meets the following conditions: 1) The appropriate sentence for an offender convicted of a specific charge is presumed to fall within a range of sentences authorized by sentencing guidelines that are adopted by a legislatively created sentencing body, usually a sentencing commission. 2) Sentencing judges are expected to sentence within the range or to provide written justification for failing to do so. 3) There is a mechanism for review, usually appellate, of any departure from the guidelines.
Circumstances relating to the commission of a crime that make it more grave than the average instance of that crime.
Circumstances relating to the commission of a crime that may be considered to reduce the blameworthiness of the defendant.
Truth in Sentencing
A close correspondence between the sentence imposed on an offender and the time actually served in prison.
A structured sentencing scheme that allows no leeway in the nature of the sentence required and under which clearly enumerated punishments are mandated for specific offenses or for habitual offenders convicted of a series of crimes.
The official suspension of criminal or juvenile proceedings against an alleged offender at any point agter a recorded justice system intake, but before the entering of a judgment and referral of that person to a treatment or care program administered by a nonjustice or private agency. Release without referral.
The use of court-ordered community service, home detention, day reporting, drug treatment, psychological counseling, victim-offender programming, or intensive supervision in lieu of other, more traditional sanctions, such as imprisonment and fines.
The examination of a convicted offender's background prior to sentencing. They are generally conducted by probation or parole officers and are submitted to sentencing authorities.
The in-court use of victim- or survivor-supplied information by sentencing authorities seeking to make an informed sentencing decision.
Writ of Habeas Corpus
A writ that directs the person detaining a prisoner to bring him or her before a judicial officer to determine the lawfulness of the imprisonment.