The Importance Of Truth In Sentencing

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B. Truth-in-Sentencing Truth-in-sentencing laws were designed to reduce the disparity between court-ordered sentences and the time offenders actually served (Brunt, 2015). According to USLegal Definitions (n.d.), it requires inmates to serve a substantial portion of their sentence before release is eligible. Under the truth-in-sentencing law, policies such as goodtime, earned-time, and parole board release are restricted or eliminate (USLegal Definitions, n.d.). According to Drizin (2015), In the mid-1990’s the federal government provided financial incentives to states to build correctional facilities and to implement truth-in-sentencing, mandatory minimums and other policies that increased of sentences of juveniles convicted in criminal court.
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