Problems of Corrections_Fleury-Steiner_Date_031010

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Why the rapid change? Prison uprisings Prosecutors, judges, and parole boards practiced arbitrary uses of discretion that some viewed as discriminatory Arbitrary uses of discretion spawned movement for “accountability” in decision process Parole after rehabilitation attacked Wide range of sentencing disparity suggested that both racial and class discrimination were occurring Crime and corrections became a political football Reform Options Often unrealistic options included o Abolishing plea bargaining o Change rules for plea bargaining o Setting mandatory sentences o Establishing statutory determinate sentencing
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Unformatted text preview: o Abolishing parole o Dramatically limit “good time” The Creation of New Sentencing Goals • Incapacitation and selective incapacitation • Three strikes o 25 states and the federal government have enacted three-strikes legislation • establish federal sentencing guidelines • determinate sentencing in more than 20 states America leads the world in incarceration • prison population growth far exceeds national population growth • highest incarceration rate increases have been for non-violent drug offenses • massive overcrowding...
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