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Indeterminate Criminal Sentencing: Definition, Purpose & Advantages

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Indeterminate sentencing is based on which sentencing goal?

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1. Jonathan is convicted of forgery and receives an automatic two year prison sentence. This is an example of:

2. Sherrie is convicted of property damage and receives a prison sentence of one to three years. What kind of sentencing is this an example of? Why?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Indeterminate criminal sentencing is a broad topic, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the vocabulary surrounding this topic. Some terms you'll be assessed on include indeterminate sentencing and forgery.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Penalty for property damage
  • Auto theft convictions
  • Indeterminate sentencing
  • How the length of an indeterminate sentence is determined

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding variable considered by a parole board in granting a prisoner parole and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as indeterminate sentencing
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding sentencing ranges and the public policy behind indeterminate sentencing laws

Additional Learning

To learn more about indeterminate sentencing laws, review the accompanying lesson Indeterminate Criminal Sentencing: Definition, Purpose & Advantages. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Distinguish between determinate and indeterminate sentencing laws
  • Understand that indeterminate sentences involves a sentencing range that is imposed by a judge, and then subsequently shortened by a parole board
  • Understand the various variables that a parole board may consider in granting a prisoner parole
  • Understand the public policy for indeterminate sentencing laws and their role in the rehabilitation of prisoners
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