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The Sentencing Commission Model, 1970s to Present

Robert Weisberg

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/9780199730148.013.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Sentencing Commission Model, 1970s to Present

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This article introduces the sentencing commission model, which is considered as the primary systemic alternative to the traditional U.S. indeterminate sentencing scheme. It outlines this movement from the seminal work of Marvin Frankel—who was the first to propose the sentencing commission—to the present. It then emphasizes that while the federal system has been the most visible commission-guidelines system in America it is also the least successful and most mocked out of all those systems. The article also studies the concept of a “consensus system” and presents some criteria for evaluating guidelines reforms.

Keywords: sentencing commission model; indeterminate sentencing scheme; Marvin Frankel; federal system; commission-guidelines system; consensus system; guidelines reforms

Article.  8621 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Courts and Procedure

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