Handbook on Sentencing Policies and Practices in the 21st Century: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Handbook on Sentencing Policies and Practices in the 21st Century

1st Edition

Edited by Cassia Spohn, Pauline Brennan

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490 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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Sentencing Policies and Practices in the 21st Century focuses on the evolution and consequences of sentencing policies and practices, with sentencing broadly defined to include plea bargaining, judicial and juror decision making, and alternatives to incarceration, including participation in problem-solving courts.

This collection of essays and reports of original research explores how sentencing policies and practices, both in the United States and internationally, have evolved, explores important issues raised by guideline and non-guideline sentencing, and provides an overview of recent research on plea bargaining in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Other topics include the role of criminal history in sentencing, the past and future of capital punishment, strategies for reducing mass incarceration, problem-solving courts, and restorative justice practices. Each chapter summarizes what is known, identifies the gaps in the research, and discusses the theoretical, empirical, and policy implications of the research findings. The volume is grounded in current knowledge about the specific topics, but also presents new material that reflects the thinking of the leading minds in the field and that outlines a research agenda for the future.

This is Volume 4 of the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing handbook series. Previous volumes focused on risk assessment, disparities in punishment, and the consequences of punishment decisions. The handbooks provide a comprehensive overview of these topics for scholars, students, practitioners, and policymakers.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Cassia Spohn and Pauline Brennan

I. THE EVOLUTION OF SENTENCING POLICIES AND PRACTICES

1. Megan C. Kurlychek and John H. Kramer

The Transformation of Sentencing in the 21st Century

2. Richard S. Frase and Kelly Lyn Mitchell

Sentencing Guidelines in the U.S.

3. Julian V. Roberts and Lyndon Harris

Sentencing Guidelines Outside the United States

 

II. ISSUES IN GUIDELINE AND NON-GUIDELINE SENTENCING

4. Richard D. Hartley

Inter-District Differences and Extra-Legal Disparity under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines: The Trees Are "Substantially" more Important than the Forest

5. Kate Fitz-Gibbon and James Roffee

Minimum Sentencing for Serious Offences: Lessons from Australia

 

6. Stuti S. Kokkalera and Simon I. Singer

Discretionary Release Practices for Juveniles Facing Life: A Review of State Parole and Resentencing Procedures

 

III. PLEA BARGAINING

7. Arie Freiberg and Asher Flynn

Plea Negotiations: An Australian Perspective

8. Amy Dezember and Allison D. Redlich

Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of the Trial

9. Shi Yan

Estimating the Size of Plea Discounts: Why Does It Matter?

10. Jay Gormley and Cyrus Tata

To Plead or Not to Plead? ‘Guilt is the Question. Re-Thinking Plea Decision-Making in Anglo-American Countries

IV. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

11. Amy L. Anderson, Weng-Fong Chao and Philip Schwadel

Evolving Attitudes Toward Capital Punishment

12. Jeffery T. Ulmer and Lily Hanrath

Disparities in Death Penalty Prosecution and Punishment: A Review of Recent Research

 

V. CURRENT CONTROVERSIES

13. Rhys Hester, Richard S. Frase, Julia Laskorunsky and Kelly Lyn Mitchell,

Rethinking the Role of Criminal History in Sentencing

14. Katharine Tellis and Cassia Spohn

AB109 in California; Realignment, Decarceration and Crime in Los Angeles County

15. Eileen M. Ahlin and Anne S. Douds

The Problem with Problem-Solving Courts: The Black Box Remains Unopened After Thirty Years

16. Jennifer L. Lanterman

Restorative Justice Practices and Challenges in the United States

About the Editors

Cassia Spohn is a Foundation Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and a Fellow of the Western Society of Criminology. Her research interests include prosecutorial and judicial decision making, the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, crime and justice, and sexual assault case processing decisions.

Pauline K. Brennan is a Professor and the Ph.D. Program Director for the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research focuses on racial and gender inequities in court processing, corrections policy, and issues related to female offenders and victims. Her work has appeared in the top journals in the field, including Justice Quarterly, The Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Criminal Justice and Behavior.

About the Series

The ASC Division on Corrections & Sentencing Handbook Series

The American Society of Criminology’s Division on Corrections & Sentencing sponsors a series of volumes published by Routledge on seminal and topical issues that span the fields of sentencing and corrections. The critical essays, reviews, and original research in each volume provide a comprehensive assessment of the current state of knowledge, contribute to public policy discussions, and identify future research directions. Each thematic volume focuses on a single topical issue that intersects with corrections and sentencing research. The contents are eclectic in regard to disciplinary foci, theoretical frameworks and perspectives, and research methodologies.

Editorial Board

Gaylene Armstrong, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Todd Clear, Rutgers University

Francis T. Cullen, University of Cincinnati

Jodi Lane, University of Florida

Dan Mears, Florida State University

Joan Petersilia, Stanford University

Cassia Spohn, Arizona State University

Jeffery Ulmer, Pennsylvania State University

Steve Van Dine, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Christy Visher, University of Delaware

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology