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Two Types of Sentencing. Indeterminate Judge gives a minimum and maximum sentence e .g. = 15-25 years If prisoner is on good behavior, he/she can get out on parole starting on the minimum date. PROS: More flexible; fits various circumstances Helps solve overcrowding prison problem CONS:

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two types of sentencing
Two Types of Sentencing
  • Indeterminate
    • Judge gives a minimum and maximum sentence
      • e.g. = 15-25 years
    • If prisoner is on good behavior, he/she can get out on parole starting on the minimum date.
    • PROS:
      • More flexible; fits various circumstances
      • Helps solve overcrowding prison problem
    • CONS:
      • Some argue that it’s too lenient
      • Two criminals who commit the same crime can have different penalties
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Two Types of Sentencing
  • Mandatory
    • Judge gives whatever the state or federal law directs
    • No flexibility in the sentence given
    • PROS:
      • Not as complicated or confusing as indeterminate
      • Everyone gets the same sentence for the crime
    • CONS:
      • Can be too strict given the circumstances
      • Can lead to overcrowding in prisons
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