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NCJ Number: 134714 Find in a Library
Title: Perspective on Determinate Sentencing
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:4  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1990)  Pages:201-213
Author(s): M G Neithercutt; B G Carmichael; K Mullen
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of 380 records comprising all persons given probation sentences by a California superior court in 1980 for crimes including vehicle theft, robbery, burglary, assault, narcotics, and receiving stolen property, was used to examine several hypotheses related to determinate sentences.
Abstract: The first hypothesis was that there would be no pattern of decreasing or increasing seriousness of crimes; the second was that there would be no escalating crime response resulting from indeterminate sentences either in terms of longer sentences or in likelihood of incarceration being imposed. The findings show that offense seriousness remains stable at the intermediate level throughout 11 convictions. Determinate sentencing does not lengthen prison terms until an offender's criminal career is well-advanced, at which point longer prison sentences become more likely than under the indeterminate system. 5 tables, 2 figures, 16 references, and 1 appendix (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Determinate Sentencing
Index Term(s): California; Crime seriousness measures; Probation evaluation
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