About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering criminal sentencing material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the process of criminal sentencing. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing information about criminal sentencing
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning criminal justice (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the Criminal Sentencing chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Criminal Sentencing chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any criminal justice question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: View lessons on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about criminal sentencing for a standard criminal justice course. Topics covered include:
- Clemency provisions and hearings
- Comparison of clemency and pardon
- Truth in sentencing laws and debate
- History of U.S. federal sentencing guidelines
- Examples of therapeutic jurisprudence
- Diversion programs in the U.S. criminal justice system
- The concept of assertive community treatment
1. What is Clemency? - Definition & Provisions
In this lesson, you will learn the legal definition of clemency and see the different ways clemency can be granted to an individual in the criminal justice system.
2. What is a Clemency Hearing?
Clemency is the act of giving mercy to an inmate in the criminal justice system. In this lesson, you will learn what a clemency hearing is and the different components of the hearing, specifically why the hearing occurs, who attends the hearing, and what role they play in the hearing process.
3. The Difference Between Clemency & Pardon
What's the differences between clemency and a pardon? How are they utilized in the the incarceration system? We'll discuss these questions and give examples of the similarities and differences in this lesson.
4. Truth in Sentencing: Definition, Laws & Debate
In this lesson, you will learn about the Truth in Sentencing laws and how they affect the criminal justice system. You will also learn more about the pros and cons of these laws.
5. U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Definition & History
In this lesson, we will learn about the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines and their history, including the Sentencing Reform Act and the controversy over mandatory minimum sentencing.
6. Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about therapeutic jurisprudence, what it is, and how it can be used within the criminal justice system to yield positive results.
7. What is a Diversion Program in the Criminal Justice System?
A conviction record is often more punishing than the sentence for the crime. Because of this, many courts offer programs to eliminate the conviction while still instilling some consequence for the offense. In this lesson, we will explain the various types of diversion programs and how they work.
8. What is Assertive Community Treatment?
In this lesson, you will learn more about the assertive community treatment service model and why it has been so effective in assisting those with severe and persistent mental illness. You will also learn a little about forensic assertive community treatment, which is very similar to ACT.
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- Court Proceedings Overview
- Basic Theories of Crime
- Types of Courts
- Types of Crime Overview
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- History of Police Brutality in America
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- Police Roles & Policies
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- Overview of Correction Facilities
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- Introduction to Criminology
- Crime Categories & Characteristics
- Theories of Criminal Behavior
- Victims of Crime: Consequences & Impact
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