Sentencing Reform in Overcrowded Times: A Comparative Perspective

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Michael Tonry, Kathleen Hatlestad
Oxford University Press, Apr 24, 1997 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Sentencing and corrections issues are much the same in every Western nation. Increasingly, countries are importing policies and practices that have succeeded elsewhere. In that spirit, this volume brings together articles on sentencing reform in the United States, other English-speaking countries, and Western Europe, all written by leading national and international authorities on sentencing and punishment policy, practices, and institutions. Timely and readable, many of these essays provide brief yet detailed sentencing policy histories for countries and states. Others offer concise overviews of research on racial disparities, public opinion, and evaluation of the effects of new policies. Together, they illustrate the radical, precipitate, and hyperpoliticized nature of American sentencing reform in the last twenty-five years. Sentencing Reform in Overcrowded Times: A Comparative Perspective fills a major gap in the academic and policy literatures on this subject, and will be essential reading for students, scholars, and practitioners.
 

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Contents

Sentencing Reform
3
Sentencing Reform in the United States
11
Sentencing Reform outside the United States
122
Race and Sentencing
217
Public Opinion and Sentencing
249
References
277
Acknowledgments
286
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About the author (1997)

About the author: Michael Tonry is Sonosky Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota, and editor of the journals Crime and Justice--A Review of Research and Overcrowded Times. He is the author or editor of many previous works, including Between Prison and Probation (with
Norval Morris, Oxford 1990), Modern Policing (1992), Building a Safer Society--Strategic Approaches to Crime Prevention (with David P. Farrington, 1995), and Malign Neglect: Race, Crime, and Punishment in America (Oxford, 1995).

Hatlestad is Associate Editor of Overcrowded Times and Crime and Justice: A Review of Research.

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