Sentencing Law and Policy: Cases, Statutes, and Guidelines, Second Edition / Edition 2

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A proven teaching tool written by leading sentencing scholars, Sentencing Law and Policy: Cases, Statutes, and Guidelines, Second Edition, is a high-quality text with ample, up-to-date material to support a full course or seminar on sentencing.

The only text of its kind, this edition retains the structure and characteristics that make it so effective:

  • intuitive organization that tracks the criminal sentencing process
  • examples that are taken from three distinct sentencing worlds: guideline-determinate, indeterminate, and capital
  • draws on materials from courts, including decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the state high courts, the federal appellate courts, and a few cases from foreign jurisdictions; as well as other kinds of institutions, including statutes and guidelines provisions; and reports and data from sentencing commissions and other agencies
  • problems and questions in text are integrated with existing Websites of sentencing commissions, such as the site for the U.S. Sentencing Commissions (
  • thought-provoking notes emphasizing the effects of sentencing explain the most common practices in U.S. jurisdictions then ask students to compare institutions and consider the connections between specific sentencing rules and the purposes and politics of criminal justice
  • instructors¿ website ( provides a complete online Teacher¿s Manual as well as access to up-to-date teaching materials
  • students¿ website ( links students to a virtual library and features longer collections of rules and guidelines, statutes, case studies, recent articles, as well as practice problems and sample exams

Completely updated, the Second Edition features:

  • complete coverage of Blakely v. Washington and United States v. Booker
  • new materials on sentencing procedures, accounting for impact of Sixth Amendment jury rights
  • stronger integration of substantive criminal law and the law of sentencing, with emphasis on sex offenses and drug offenses throughout
  • additional materials on the role of sentencing as part of a larger social response to crime
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735563612
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 880
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. The Purposes of Punishment and Sentencing
  2. Who Sentences?
  3. Regulating Discretion
  4. Sentencing Inputs: The Crime and Its Effects
  5. Sentencing Inputs: The Offender?s Record and Background
  6. Procedure and Proof at Sentencing
  7. Sentencing Outcomes: The Scale of Imprisonment
  8. Sentencing Outcomes: Nonprison Punishments
  9. Race, Class, and Gender
  10. Alternatives to Criminal Sentences
  11. Sentences Reconsidered
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