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Title: Intermediate Sanctions in Sentencing Guidelines
Series: NIJ Issues and Practices in Criminal Justice
Author(s): M Tonry
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 71
Sponsoring Agency: Abt Associates, Inc
Cambridge, MA 02138
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: OJP-94-C-007
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Document: PDF|Text
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes and assesses the different approaches used by several States to design coordinated sentencing and intermediate sanctions policies and to implement sentencing guidelines that encompass incarceration, probation, and intermediate sanctions rather than only prison and jail sentences.
Abstract: Increasing numbers of States are using sentencing guidelines and intermediate sanctions. However, major evaluations of boot camps, intensive-supervision probation, and other intermediate sanctions reveal that many new programs do not reduce recidivism, corrections costs, or prison use. Net widening is a central issue. Sentencing guidelines may be the way to eliminate or reduce net widening. To this end, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have recently adopted guidelines systems incorporating standards for the use of intermediate sanctions. The early data from North Carolina suggest that such an approach can be effective. Possible techniques include the provision of more zones of discretion than traditional guidelines contain, the definition of generic punishment units into which all sanctions can be converted, the use of exchange rates between custodial and noncustodial penalties, and the authorization of categorical exceptions. Zones of discretion and categorical exceptions have promising roles in this effort. These techniques represent modest incremental steps toward creating comprehensive sentencing systems. Tables, figures, and chapter notes
Main Term(s): Court reform
Index Term(s): Corrections policies; Intermediate sanctions; Sentencing reform
Note: NIJ Issues and Practices
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