Factors That Lead Sentencing Of An Offender

1487 WordsOct 6, 20166 Pages
Judges are chosen to hold the fate of many individuals in the palm of their hands. The famous saying “with great power, comes great responsibility,” is true and practiced evermore in the court room. Whether a judge is appointed or elected, there are many factors that can influence a judge’s decision in pretrial and in sentencing. In this research paper, I will share some of the most common factors that influences a judge’s discretion, and also the ways the factors result sentencing of an offender. Furthermore, I will bring to attention some of the more controversial factors and ways they have influenced the outcome of the court process. I have been lucky enough to observe judges’ roles in decision-making, diversion of a case, and sentencing, from a probation standpoint. Throughout my career, I have conducted many presentence reports, pretrial reports, and have given many sentencing recommendations to judges and prosecutors. I will share some of my expertise and findings but will focus mostly on research published on collegiate and lawful publishing. I will share these findings in three sections: pretrial release and conditions, issuance of bail, and sentencing. Pretrial Firstly, it is important to note that it is possible for the same judge to make different decisions on identical cases, or for different judges to differ or disagree in their decisions on identical cases. Each judge has his or her own backgrounds, beliefs, and tolerance. This makes prediction of how
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