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NCJ Number: 78533 Find in a Library
Title: Sentencing Standards
Corporate Author: Washington State
Dept of Social and Health Services
Division of Juvenile Rehabilitation
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Washington State
Olympia, WA 98504
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These sentencing standards for the Washington State juvenile justice system were developed in accordance with State legislative requirements.
Abstract: Only three factors were to be considered in establishing the sentencing standards: age, criminal history, and current offense. The legislature required that the minimum for any term of confinement over 1 year be no less than 80 percent of the maximum, that the minimum for terms between 90 days and 1 year be no less than 75 percent of the maximum, and that the minimum for terms of 90 days be no less than 50 percent of the maximum. These guidelines were used to develop sentencing standards based on a point system. A youth's age and current offense establishes a base point number which is multiplied by points received for criminal history; the resulting points establish what standard disposition will be for that particular youth given the youth's age, current offense, and criminal history. Tables and an attachment explain the standards in detail. A bulletin setting forth policies and procedures regarding security levels is appended. It provides guidelines for determining initial placement and subsequent movement within juvenile rehabilitation facilities, criteria for considering transfer of a juvenile to different levels of security, and guidelines for granting exceptions. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile justice standards; Juvenile sentencing; Security standards; Sentencing guidelines; Sentencing reform; Washington
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