sentencing models and goals

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As  discussed in chapter 3 of your textbook there are many different  sentencing models and just as many goals for imposing various sentences.  Below are two scenarios.

Scenario #1

Sam  is a 40 year old who was convicted of a breaking into a jewelry store  in Coral Gables, Florida.  During the burglary he successfully took over  $1 million dollars worth of jewelry.  One month after the crime, Sam  was arrested for the crimes of burglary and grand theft.  All of the  jewelry was successfully recovered and given back to the business  owner.  Sam was found guilty by a jury in your court room for burglary  and grand theft.  He has accepted responsibility for his actions. He has  no previous criminal history.

Scenario #2

Jennifer  was convicted of aggravated assault.  Jennifer is an 18 year old who  belonged to a local street gang.  She was told by the gang leader to  scare Ashley, a girlfriend of a rival gang member.  One night while out  at a night club Jennifer pulled a gun on Ashley to scare her.  The gun  went off and hit Ashley in the leg.  Ashley was transported to the  hospital and treated for a serious gun shot wound.  She recovered after  two months. Jennifer was arrested at the scene and charged with  attempted murder.  She was plead guilty to a lesser charge, aggravated  assault in your court room.  She has a few convictions for misdemeanors  as a juvenile.

Select one of  the scenarios to discuss.  Do not add any facts to the scenario.   Please answer the questions below based solely on the information you  have.

  • What type of sentencing model would you use to sentence the offenders?
  • What actual sentence would you impose (type and time)?
  • What are the "goals of sentencing" that are associated with your decision?
  • Do not use current  sentencing strategies to determine your sentence.  You are to discuss  what you think is appropriate, not what is already in place.

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