American Corrections

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American Corrections 

Write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments.  Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

Outside of the federal system, there is no single, standard approach for sentencing. Many states have replaced indeterminate sentencing with structured sentencing guidelines.   

In your own words, what is the difference between indeterminate sentencing and determinate sentencing? Explain thoroughly.

Why do you think disparate, or dissimilar, sentencing occurs? Explain.

◦Why would a court issue a harsher sentence for using crack cocaine instead of powder cocaine or vice versa? Explain.

Is this ethical? Why or why not?

How would you address the issue of disparate sentencing? Why? Explain.

What role do you think sentencing guidelines should play in court procedures and corrections? Why? Explain.

Must have at least 2 reliable references with websites listed in APA format.


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