skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 134495 Find in a Library
Title: Changing the Terms of Sentencing: Defense Counsel and Alternative Sentencing Services
Corporate Author: Sentencing Project
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sentencing Project
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet describes defense-based alternative sentencing programs, their advantages over imprisonment, how they can be established, and the related services of the Sentencing Project.
Abstract: A defense-based alternative sentencing program is developed by the defense attorney in consultation with the defendant in an effort to tailor sentencing to the defendant's needs without compromising public safety and the goals of accountability and punitive consequences for criminal behavior. The sentencing is called an alternative because it intentionally avoids imprisonment, which is too costly and ineffective. Sentencing alternatives may include restitution, intensive supervision, community service, counseling, and employment services. When a guilty plea is negotiated with a prosecutor prior to a hearing before a judge, the defense attorney should include a sentencing proposal in the negotiations. In the case of conviction after a trial, the defense's sentencing recommendation should be submitted to the judge for consideration in the determination of the sentence. Alternative sentencing plans are accepted by judges in up to 80 percent of the cases in which they are recommended. In describing first steps in starting a defense-based sentencing program, the booklet outlines the development of a plan of action, the building of support, the obtaining of funds, and the selection of motivated program staff. The Sentencing Project is a resource for the development of alternative sentencing programs.
Main Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Sentencing recommendations
Index Term(s): Defense preparation; Defense services; Prison overcrowding
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.