Sentencing Issues and Trends in the U.S. Justice System


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Which laws allow harsh, mandatory sentences for an offender's third felony conviction?

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1. With _____ sentences, the judge has no discretion in the sentencing decision.

2. Which of the following is NOT an example of an alternative sentencing option?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Within this quiz/ worksheet, the questions will focus on topics such as the reasons for prison overcrowding and ways to reduce prison populations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These questions will ask you about:

  • What incarceration is based on
  • Types of sentencing laws
  • Ways to reduce prison overcrowding

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on sentencing issues in the U.S. justice system
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the sentencing laws that are used in the U.S.
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what incarceration is based on
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about a way California is trying to reduce prison overcrowding

Additional Learning

The lesson called Sentencing Issues and Trends in the U.S. Justice System is a good resource to learn more about this topic. Objectives covered by this lesson include:

  • Name common sentencing laws used in the U.S.
  • Identify alternative sentencing options and other ways of reducing prison populations
  • Understand the reasons for prison overcrowding