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2014
Document 027905
Playbook for Change? States Reconsider Mandatory Sentences
By Subramanian, Ram; Delaney, Ruth. Vera Institute of Justice. Centering on Sentencing and Corrections (New York, NY).
“Since 2000, at least 29 states have taken steps to roll back mandatory sentences, with 32 bills passed in just the last five years. Most legislative activity has focused on adjusting penalties for nonviolent drug offenses through the use of one or a combination of the following reform approaches: 1) expanding judicial discretion through the creation of so-called “safety value” provisions, 2) limiting automatic sentence enhancements, and 3) repealing or revising mandatory minimum sentences. In t... Read More
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2014
Document 028169
A New Approach to Reducing Incarceration While Maintaining Low Rates of Crime
By Raphael, Steven; Stoll, Michael A.. Hamilton Project (Washington , DC).
This paper does a great job in explaining how your criminal justice system can greatly reduce incarceration while ensuring community safety. "We [the authors] argue that states should reevaluate their policy choices and reduce the scope and severity of several of the sentencing practices that they have implemented over the past twenty-five or thirty years. We propose that states introduce a greater degree of discretion into their sentencing and parole practices through two specific reforms: (1) ... Read More
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