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NCJ Number: NCJ 241501    
Title: Sentencing Guidelines in Minnesota, 1978-2003 (From Crime and Justice: A Review of Research, Volume 32, P 131-219, 2005, Michael Tonry, ed. – See NCJ-241498)
Author(s): Richard S. Frase
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 89
  Annotation: This chapter discusses the changes resulting from reforms made to Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines for the period 1978-2003.
Abstract: Minnesota’s guidelines, related sentencing laws, and charging and sentencing practices have evolved considerably since 1980. Sentencing has been coordinated with available correctional resources, avoiding prison overcrowding and ensuring that space is available to hold the most serious offenders; “truth in sentencing” has been achieved; custodial sanctions have been used sparingly; and the guidelines remain simple to understand and apply. However, the sentencing commission’s emphasis on just deserts was undercut by subsequent appellate case law, legislation, and sentencing practices. Minnesota has achieved a workable and sustainable balance between sentencing purposes and in other important areas. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Sentencing guidelines
Index Term(s): Sentencing/Sanctions ; Sentencing reform ; Sentence effectiveness ; Sentencing trends ; Minnesota
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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