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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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