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The “Traditional” Indeterminate Sentencing Model

Kevin R. Reitz

in The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730148
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730148.013.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The “Traditional” Indeterminate Sentencing Model

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This article discusses the traditional American “indeterminate” sentencing systems, which are still used in approximately half the states in America. It shows that the parole boards hold most of the authority with regards to the lengths of most prison terms. It then summarizes the current knowledge on these systems, and records some of the differences across systems. This article concludes that there is no basis with which to form policy judgments of “worse” or “practices”.

Keywords: indeterminate sentencing systems; parole boards; prison terms; authority

Article.  13794 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Courts and Procedure ; Prisons and Jails

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