Male And Female Sentencing : A Look Into Alternative Sentencing

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Female V Male Sentencing
A Look into Alternative Sentencing
Ritchey, Christian
American Military University
Author Note
This paper was prepared for CRMJ201.
Abstract
With incarceration rates rising and jail and prison populations at an all-time high, alternative sentencing is being used more often with non-violent offenders. This paper looks at male and female incarceration rates, the use of alternative programs for sentencing between the two and the effectiveness of such programs. During the paper we will analyze sentencing differences between male and female offenders. We will also analyze the use of alternative programs for sentencing and their effectiveness.

Female V Male Sentencing
A Look into Alternative Sentencing
The sentencing reform of 1984 had 3 goals. The first goal was to fulfill the purpose of sentencing; i.e just punishment, deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation. (ussc.gov) The second goal of the reform was to provide fair sentencing and to avoid sentencing disparity against cases that were similar. The third goal was to reflect practicable “advancement in knowledge of human behavior as it relates to the criminal justice process.” (28 U.S.C. 991(b)(1)(A)-(C), ussc.gov) Unwarranted disparity is different treatment of offenders who commit similar crimes, but, differ in characteristics that are relevant to the purpose of sentencing; i.e race, sex, ethnicity. Arguments have been made that women should receive a more lenient punishment than men based…
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