The Future of Sentencing and Its Control

Michael Tonry

in The Future of Criminology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917938
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950430 | DOI:
The Future of Sentencing and Its Control

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This chapter takes on the future of sentencing and its control in the United States and in England and Wales. It sketches out how sentencing and punishment policies in these two countries need to change and gives a view on how they will change by the year 2025. It argues for repealing a range of punitive sentencing options (e.g., three-strikes laws, mandatory minimums) for which there is no “credible evidence” of their effectiveness and have been applied inconsistently and disproportionately to minority offenders. Presumptive sentencing guidelines, sentencing reviews, and proportionate maximum sentences are among the needed reforms to bring about more effective, just, and humane sentences for offenders.

Keywords: sentencing; United States; England; Wales; punishment; offenders

Chapter.  3034 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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