Determinate Sentencing, Impacts, and Recent Trends

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Determinate Sentencing, Impacts, and Recent Trends Table of Contents Introduction: 3 Determinate Sentencing: 3 Impact on Probationary Terms: 4 Reasons for choosing mandatory minimum jail and prison sentences: 4 Role of Mandatory Sentences in Reducing Recidivism: 5 Conclusion: 6 References: 6 Introduction: The legal system is reliant on two different approaches for sentencing the offenders. The determinate and indeterminate sentencing is discussed in detail. The recent trend towards determinate sentencing and their impacts are also elaborated. The reasons for choosing determinate sentencing and its role in reducing recidivism are also discussed in the following sections. The political influence on these changes has also brought it in public domain and several opinions in favor and against prevail in the ordinary public as well as the legal practitioners. Determinate Sentencing: The term of imprisonment is applicable for the convicted criminals in consideration with the legal requirements. The judges are entitled to impose a term for imprisonment applicable according to the legal findings and committed crime under the law. The number of years imposed by the judge is referred to determine sentence. Since 20th century the legal system incorporated the jurisdiction of judges to impose particular number of years for imprisonment. The determine sentencing was fully enacted in four U.S. states since 1977 (Neubauer & Fradella, 2010). On the contrary through late 1970s
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