Sentencing Decisions: Matching the Decisionmaker to the Decision Nature
Paul H. Robinson
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Barbara A. Spellman
University of Virginia School of Law
Columbia Law Review, Vol. 105, pp. 1124-1161, May 2005
The present sentencing debate focuses on which decisionmaker is best suited to make the sentencing decision. Competing positions in this debate typically view the sentencing decision as monolithic, preferring one decisionmaker over all the others. A monolithic view of the decision unnecessarily invites poor decisionmaking. The sentencing decision is properly viewed as a series of distinct decisions, each of which can best be performed by a decisionmaker with certain qualities. This Essay demonstrates how a system of optimal decisionmaking might be constructed -by sorting out the different attributes called for by the distinct aspects of the sentencing decision and matching them to the strengths and weaknesses of each potential decisionmaker.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
JEL Classification: K14
Date posted: March 31, 2005
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