Sentencing Statutes and Guidelines

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Sentencing Statutes and Guidelines There are three sentencing systems: those featuring determinate-sentencing statutes; those using  indeterminate-sentencing statutes; and those applying sentencing guidelines. Some overlap exists  among the categories. For example, a mandatory sentence is considered a type of determinate  sentence. Mandatory sentencing may be used in jurisdictions that also use indeterminate sentencing  as well as in those that use sentencing guidelines. Drafters of any sentencing law must grapple with the problem of  sentencing disparities inconsistencies in sentencing offenders in which those committing the same crime receive different  sentences. Sentencing disparities are usually based on race, gender, region, or socioeconomic  status. Within academic circles, a debate rages over the effects of race on sentencing. A recent 
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