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NCJ Number: 136740 Find in a Library
Title: Attitudes of Criminal Justice Practitioners Toward Sentencing Issues
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:38  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1992)  Pages:189-203
Author(s): L Lein; R Rickards; T Fabelo
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data collected during telephone interviews with 124 Texas criminal court judges, district attorneys, probation officers, and defense attorneys was used to analyze the attitudes of these criminal justice practitioners toward various sentencing issues.
Abstract: The issues cited most often by local criminal justice officials included prison overcrowding, discrepancies between sentences given and actual time served, insufficient time served by repeat and serious offenders, and inconsistent sentences for similar offenses. There was relatively little consensus concerning potential sentencing policies to remedy these perceived problems. The most frequently suggested policy options included developing alternatives to incarceration, building more prisons, and modifying the parole system. The overwhelming majority of respondents did not favor the use of a risk assessment instrument nor the implementation of either mandatory or voluntary sentencing guidelines. 8 figures, 1 note, and 14 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Court personnel attitudes; Sentencing trends
Index Term(s): Prison overcrowding; Sentencing disparity; Sentencing guidelines; Texas
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