Week 9 discussion forum – sentencing guidelines/ no plagarism


Assigned Reading: Thistlewaite and Wooldredge, Part 2 Chapter 5, Sentencing Guidelines: Can a sentence scheme be developed to reduce inequities in prison sentences? pp. 224-233.

After reading the article answer the following questions in a discussion posting:

You must also comment on two of your classmate’s postings by the end of the week.

1. Do you think the methodology used to complete this study was valid?

2. What limitations do you see, if any, in the way the study was conducted?

3. Given the current economic crisis faced by many state governments and the federal government, do you think decisions about who should be sent to prison versus being diverted or placed on supervised probation should be relaxed? Why or Why not?