Advice for the U.S. Sentencing Commissioners: The Relevance of Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Its Literature
3 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2011 Last revised: 8 Apr 2011
Date Written: March 29, 2011
This short essay will be part of an issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter devoted to recommended action for the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The present essay calls attention to the relevance of therapeutic jurisprudence to the sentencing function. It looks at some legal rules and guidelines that do not effectively motivate convicted persons to focus on the future, and it also shows how judges need guidance not only on what sentences to impose but also on the manner and process of sentence imposition.
Keywords: federal sentencing, sentencing reform, therapeutic jurisprudence
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