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NCJ Number: 157892 Find in a Library
Title: Performance Audit of the Use of Non-Prison Sanctions Under Florida's Sentencing Guidelines in the Second Judicial Circuit
Corporate Author: Florida Office of the Auditor General
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 60
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Office of the Auditor General
Tallahassee, FL 32302
Sale Source: Florida Office of the Auditor General
P.O. Box 1735
Tallahassee, FL 32302
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 948 convicted felons in Florida during fiscal year 1991-92 formed the basis of this analysis of the use of nonprison sanctions by circuit courts in the State's Second Judicial Circuit.
Abstract: The analysis focused on the extent to which nonprison sanctions are imposed on convicted felons, the factors that influence the imposition of these sanctions, and whether data needed to conduct research on nonprison sanctions is collected. Results revealed that the majority of these offenders received nonprison sanctions. Factors influencing the extent to which these sanctions were used included the availability and accessibility to such programs, statutory requirements, judicial philosophy, and recommendations made by officers of the court to judges. In addition, sentencing guidelines scoresheets were not completed by the courts for many of the 948 felons. Such scoresheets should be prepared for every defendant because they are the main source of information used by the Sentencing Guidelines Commission to study Sentencing Guidelines and alternatives to imprisonment. Figures, tables, and appended methodological information and related materials
Main Term(s): State courts
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Court statistics; Florida; Sentencing/Sanctions
Note: Report No. 12384
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