Sentencing Law |
This two-credit course will focus on the legal and policy issues related to the sentencing and pre-trial detention of defendants in state and federal courts. The course will address philosophical approaches to incarceration, and other punishment, and how those theories have been implemented under determinate and indeterminate sentencing schemes. Students will study the structure, goals, and application of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and contrast them with state guidelines and non-guidelines systems. Students will also explore unique issues related to capital punishment. In addition, the course will address the roles and influence of prosecutors, defense counsel, probation officers, victims, and other non-judicial actors in sentencing decisions, and how whether a judge or a jury imposes sentence affects the sentence. The course will also address the collateral consequences of sentencing. The class will examine the impact of race, gender, class, and related factors on sentencing. Finally, the course will address alternatives to incarceration, therapeutic courts, and community-based sanctions.
Credit Hours: 2
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)