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NCJ Number: 119804 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Offence Sentencing Practices in the United States of America
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:special issue (July-September 1984)  Pages:27-41
Author(s): J C Weissman
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 15
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: This article reports on how the criminal justice system in the United States of America controls and sentences drug offenders.
Abstract: The criminal justice system provides several alternative options for managing drug offenders. These options include pre-arrest diversion, pre-trial diversion, pre-trial release, probation, split sentencing, warn release, incarceration, and parole release. These alternative options provide a graduated scale of punishment including incarceration, rehabilitation, and specific deterrence. However, the increased drug problem in the United States has led to new drug offense sentencing policies. Rehabilitation is not favored, and current policies favor uniform sentencing and retribution. Drug law sentencing practices and policies are discussed in detail. Recommendations for revising drug offense sentencing policies to include penal values are proposed. 43 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug laws
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Drug offenders; United States of America
Note: Special issue on sentencing policies and practices
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