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Even for violent crimes, longer is not always better

If California hopes to fix its correctional crisis, it needs to broaden its outlook on sentencing reform to address not only low-level offenders, but also those who have committed serious and violent crimes. In my last post , I wrote that such offenders are spending more and more time behind bars, and that much of this increased time is due to harsh sentence enhancements like "Three Strikes and You're Out" and 10-20-Life -- "Use a Gun and You're Done." These enhancements come at a huge cost to…

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 9, Number 1 - Spring 2012

(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor The Use of War to Profit The Post-Release Employment Among Different Types of Offenders with A Different Level of Education: A 5-year Follow-up Study in Indiana The Infamous 'One-Percenters': A Review of the Criminality, Subculture and Structure of Modern Biker Gangs Juveniles Sentenced and Incarcerated as Adults: Findings From a Qualitative Analysis of Their Knowledge, Understanding, and Perceptions of Their Sentences From the editor By…

The Effects of Formal Processing of Juveniles

In January 2010, the Campbell Collaboration published a report titled "Formal System Processing of Juveniles: Effects on Delinquency ." This report offers an analysis of the effects of formal processing of juveniles. The debate involving formal processing of juveniles has two components: deterrence and the labeling effect.  Proponents argue that formal processing deters juveniles by scaring off low-level offenders.  It is also believed formal processing screens high-level offenders allowing…

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