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NCJ Number: 134819 Find in a Library
Title: Binding Sentencing Guidelines: A Means of Controlling Utah's Prison Population
Journal: Utah Law Review  Volume:1990  Issue:2  Dated:(1990)  Pages:309-345
Author(s): S W Rodgers
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 37
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of prison overcrowding in Utah concludes that the State legislature should provide for a sentencing commission to develop binding presumptive sentencing guidelines to ensure more consistency and predictability in sentencing and thereby to control the State's expanding prison population.
Abstract: Utah's correctional facilities are already overcrowded, and new facilities become full as soon as they are built. The limitations on funds for additional facilities point to the need for a system that effectively controls inmate population. A sentencing commission could control the expanding prison population and determine why, how, and when to imprison convicted offenders, thereby providing consistent direction to the entire criminal justice system. The legislature should also empower Utah's appellate courts to review these sentences to ensure that the guidelines are followed. Furthermore, the enabling legislation should instruct the sentencing commission to coordinate sentencing policy with available correctional resources; the guidelines should not allow the prison population to exceed capacity. Footnotes (Author summary modified)
Main Term(s): Prison overcrowding; Sentencing guidelines
Index Term(s): Sentencing commissions; Sentencing guideline compliance; Sentencing reform; Utah
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