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Mandatory minimum sentences

Author: H Craig Erskine, III
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenhaven Publishing, LLC, 2019. ©2019
Series: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Secondary (senior high) school : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Is it fair to remove judicial discretion when sentencing criminals for certain crimes? This volume presents a wide diversity of opinions from an array of experts on the impact of mandatory minimum sentencing on crime, including the "three strikes" law. Readers are asked to examine the inherent fairness of mandatory sentences. Are they discriminatory? Do they usurp judicial power and result in overcrowded prisons? Or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Essays
Material Type: Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H Craig Erskine, III
ISBN: 9781534502956 1534502955 9781534502963 1534502963
OCLC Number: 1029086838
Description: 199 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Should Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws be Reformed? --
Mandatory minimum sentencing laws are costly and unjust / The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation --
It is difficult to predict the impact of mandatory minimum sentencing reforms / Paul Larkin and Evan Bernick --
Mandatory minimum sentences are cruel and ineffective / Taylor Auten --
There is no evidence to support harsh punishments for drug offenses / German Lopez --
Alternative sentences are the answer / FindLaw --
Who Should Decide How Long a Mandatory Sentence Should Be? --
The judicial branch should decide what a mandatory minimum sentence should be / Kevin Ring --
Judges should decide what punishment fits the crime / Rachel Martin --
Sentences should apply equally regardless of who committed the crime / Jillian Hewitt --
Mandatory minimum sentences deliver clarity to a sometimes muddled sentencing system / David Butt --
Do Mandatory Minimum Sentences Reflect Ethnic or Racial Bias? --
Mandatory minimum sentencing has resulted in a disproportionate African American prison population / Ashley Nellis --
Mandatory minimum sentences are handed out disproportionally to ethnic minorities / Sameer Ahmed --
The Fair Sentencing Act did not go as far as it could have / HG.org Legal Resources --
The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 allows judges to avoid applying mandatory minimum sentences / US Sentencing Commission --
Mandatory minimum sentences for domestic violence will hurt the African American community / Leigh Goodmark --
How Do Mandatory Minimum Sentences Impact the Crime Rate? --
Mandatory minimum sentences discourage people from committing crimes / Andrew C. McCarthy --
Federal drug sentencing laws bring high cost and a low return / The Pew Charitable Trusts --
The incarceration rate has been on a steady increase for decades / National Academy of Sciences --
Mandatory sex offender registration helps keep our children safer / The Daily News --
Registration has had little impact / Kelly K. Bonnar-Kidd --
Mandatory minimum sentences lead to three strikes laws / Charles Doyle.
Series Title: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: H. Craig Erskine III, book editor.

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Is it fair to remove judicial discretion when sentencing criminals for certain crimes? This volume presents a wide diversity of opinions from an array of experts on the impact of mandatory minimum sentencing on crime, including the "three strikes" law. Readers are asked to examine the inherent fairness of mandatory sentences. Are they discriminatory? Do they usurp judicial power and result in overcrowded prisons? Or do they protect children and deter repeat offenders? Experts also weigh in on alternatives to mandatory sentences.

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