How Do Judges Decide?: The Search for Fairness and Justice in Punishment / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Rent
Rent from BN.com
$17.43
(Save 75%)
Est. Return Date: 04/30/2015
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $56.02
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 19%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $56.02   
  • New (9) from $56.02   
  • Used (2) from $65.50   

Overview

How are sentences for federal, state, and local crimes determined?
Is this process fairly and justly applied to all concerned?
How have reforms affected the process over the last 25 years?

Offering a comprehensive overview of the sentencing process in the United States, How Do Judges Decide? The Search for Fairness and Justice in Punishment explores these questions and more. Author Cassia Spohn first discusses the overall concept of punishment and then analyzes individual aspects of it, including the sentencing process, the responsibility of the judge, and disparity and discrimination in sentencing. This Second Edition offers new information on the impact of sentencing reforms, including recent research and case law, updated statistics in tables and figures, and new boxed highlights.

Key Features

  • Helps students understand patterns in the wide discretion and latitude given to judges when determining penalties within the framework of the U.S. judicial system
  • Engages the reader with “Focus on an Issue” sections, which analyze key issues such as gender and sentencing (Ch.4) and the impact of race on sentencing for drug offenses (Ch.5)
  • Examines sentencing reforms and their impact, providing students with up-to-date information on how punishment is meted out in U.S. courts.
  • Contains boxed excerpts in each chapter from books and articles, with a variety of case studies on topics such as the O.J. Simpson murder trial, judicial surveys, and comparison of sentences in different jurisdictions by gender
  • Offers new material on specialty courts and the prosecutor’s role in sentencing
  • Concludes each chapter with discussion questions

How Do Judges Decide? is an ideal text for upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses on the judicial system, criminal law, and law and society.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Richard D. Hartley
"It is the most comprehensive analysis of sentencing practices in the United States in general, and of how judges decide in particular. It provides ample statistics of the realities of punishment and provides readers with the conclusions from several decades of research investigating judicial discretion."
Richard D. Hartley
"It is the most comprehensive analysis of sentencing practices in the United States in general, and of how judges decide in particular. It provides ample statistics of the realities of punishment and provides readers with the conclusions from several decades of research investigating judicial discretion."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412961042
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/17/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 587,839
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Cassia C. Spohn is a Foundation Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. She is the author or coauthor of six books, including Policing and Prosecuting Sexual Assault: Inside the Criminal Justice System, which was published in 2013. Her research interests include prosecutorial and judicial decision making, the intersections of race, ethnicity, crime and justice, and sexual assault case processing decisions. In 2013 she received ASU’s Award for Leading Edge Research in the Social Sciences and was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: THE GOALS OF SENTENCING
Why Punish?
How Much To Punish?
Theories of Punishment and Judges' Sentencing Decisions
Conclusion
CHAPTER TWO: THE SENTENCING PROCESS
The Judge's Options at Sentencing
Sentencing as a Collaborative Exercise
The Sentencing Process
CHAPTER 3: HOW DO JUDGES DECIDE?
Modeling the Sentencing Process
Sentencing and Case Attributes
Sentencing and Characteristics of the Judge
How do Judges Decide?
CHAPTER 4: SENTENCING DISPARITY AND DISCRIMINATION: A FOCUS ON GENDER
Types of Sentencing Discrimination
Gender Disparity in Sentencing
Disparity and Discrimination in Sentencing
CHAPTER 5: SENTENCING DISPARITY AND DISCRIMINATION: A FOCUS ON RACE/ETHNICITY
Racial Disparity in Sentencing
Race and Judges' Sentencing Decisions
Race and the Death Penalty: A Failed Experiment?
Justice From the Bench?
CHAPTER 6: THE SENTENCING REFORM MOVEMENT
Structured Sentencing Reforms
Presumptive Sentencing Guidelines
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Statutes
Three-Strikes-and-You're Out Laws
Truth in Sentencing Laws
Three Decades of Reform
CHAPTER 7: THE IMPACT OF SENTENCING REFORMS
Have Sentencing Reforms Led to More Punitive Sentences?
Have Sentencing Reforms Led to a Reduction in Crime?
Have Sentencing Reforms Reduced Disparity and Discrimination?
Assessing the Impact of the Sentencing Reform Movement

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)