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NCJ Number: 157441 Find in a Library
Title: Simple Theory, Hard Reality: The Impact of Sentencing Reforms on Courts, Prisons, and Crime
Author(s): T Wicharaya
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 255
Sponsoring Agency: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7914-2508-8
Sale Source: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
755 Riverpoint Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95605
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book analyzes the origins, contemporary trends, and consequences of sentencing reforms in the United States.
Abstract: This book explores and clarifies the principles, current practices, and implementation problems of "get tough on crime" legislation that has been America's dominant response to crime during the past two decades. In evaluating the impact of these reforms on courts, prisons, and crime, a theory of criminal sentencing reform is built and applied to the data across 47 States over almost 30 years. It relies on original analyses that yield interesting research findings and interpretations. The author argues that policymakers tend to reduce complex reality to a simplistic form that predicts policy consequences, and they tend to adhere to criminological theories that have policy implications consistent with their policy choices. The theory of criminal sentencing reform explains various causal links that connect the following factors: sentencing reform policies, sentencing behavior, the size of the prison population, and crime. 234 references and a subject index
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Corrections policies; Mandatory Sentencing; Sentencing guidelines; Sentencing reform
Note: A volume SUNY Series in New Directions in Crime and Justice Studies
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