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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…

Study Shows Racial Disparity in Death Penalty Sentences

A new study evaluated death sentences over 28 years in North Carolina and found major distinctions depending on the race of the victim. In particular, the study found that a defendant was three times as likely to get the death…