Sentencing Option: Why Restrict Judges?
University of Wisconsin Law School
October 7, 2010
Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 83, No. 9, September 2010
Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1138
Dissatisfaction with parts of the indeterminate (parole) sentencing system led many states, including Wisconsin, to totally eliminate this and substitute a Truth-in-Sentencing system. After a decade with the new system, there are also many problems including difficulty in arranging programs, overcrowding and banishing the concept of rehabilitation. An adjustment would be to provide judges with both options at the time of sentencing so that the most serious offenders would be serving the fullest sentence while others would have earlier access to treatment and possible earned release.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: prison, prisoners, prison crowding, parole, sentencing, truth-in-sentencing, determinate sentence, treatment, rehabilitation, corrections
JEL Classification: K14
Date posted: October 10, 2010