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Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost?

 Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…

Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost a State?

Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…

Irrelevant? Judge Reprimanded for Extraneous Comments During Sentencing

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reprimanded a United State District Court judge for comments he made during a sentencing hearing and ordered a new sentencing hearing for the defendant. The judge was sentencing a drug dealer and during…

Life Without Parole For Juvenile Offenders is Cruel and Unusual

As long as a juvenile has not killed anyone, serving a life sentence with no chance of parole is cruel and unusual punishment. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that such sentences are unconstitutional. The Court said such a harsh punishment…