It is very important to make the public aware of the new bill passed and the new doubled prison terms if convicted of armed robbery. If the bill were passed there would be the issue of financial responsibilities, which the innocent public would be responsible for. Doubling a prison term could be costly and one solution would be to seek some funding through fundraisers and grants from the state. The bill would costs the citizens but it would keep them at ease and at peace knowing that almost anyone would be discouraged of committing such a crime. We hope that this bill would have an impact on the would be criminals because not only would their sentence be longer but their chances at parole would be harder to
This sentencing mechanism has certainly contributed to the increase in prison population. It has also placed harsher punishments that often times do not fit with the crime. Repeat offenders are getting sentenced to long prison terms for low priority crimes. “And if structured sentencing was designed to provide consistency in the type of sentences handed down for specific crimes, the habitual felon law does exactly the opposite, as the offender’s status as a “habitual felon” determines the sentence more so than the severity of the most recent felony”
Prison Term Policy Recommendation Proposal XXXXXXXXXX CJA 314: Criminology August 6, 2012 XXXXXXXXXXXX Abstract I am a criminologist that has been hired by the state legislature to examine a possible bill of doubling the prison sentencing of individuals committing armed robbery. I will provide recommendations as to whether or not this prison policy would be the best benefit for parties that are involved. Prison Term Policy Recommendation Proposal The state legislature will be voting on a bill that will double the maximum prison time that an individual will receive for armed robbery if convicted. The reason for this proposal is too help give different solutions that may help the state legislation members see other solutions that may be more beneficial. The bill is popular with the state legislature; there is a must to examine the factors that could be a factor.
These laws mean long prison sentences of up to life in prison without parole after conviction for a third felony. Major disadvantages of the three strikes laws include the imprisonment of alot of nonviolent offenders that could be better handled through less expensive community sanctions and
Our justice system shows more sympathy for criminals than it does victims and this should be altered. It’s time we put the emphasis of our criminal justice system back on protecting the victim rather that the accused. We need justice for current and past victims, longer sentences and the death penalty is the way to achieve this. Death sentence provides a deterrent for prisoners already serving a life sentence. Nothing is to stop people who have been sentenced to life imprisonment to kill in prison; to escape and kill or to kill when their life sentence (minimum of 15 years) has been
Case: Gregg v. Georgia, 1976 Staying Constitutional There are many grounds to prove this Capital Punishment is constitutional. The Supreme Court can’t even find enough ways to demolish the death penalty. This law is up to ones state to recommend capital punishment. The death penalty gives closure to the victim's families who have suffered so much. Another major point is that our justice system shows more sympathy for criminals than it does victims.
Based on my assessment, I have concluded that there are more negative aspects to the bill passing rather than positive ones. First, I will discuss to you the positive outcomes I see should the bill be passed. If the punishment for committing armed robbery were doubly harsh, there is a strong likelihood that it will deter criminals from committing such crimes. In turn this would lower crime rates relatively around the country. Lower crime rates is another possible positive outcome.
This article discusses individual cases and crimes and gives analysis of the arguments made against death penalty in real world. Firstly it discusses the deterrence argument while going through a number of cases. The conclusion is that it has no effect on reducing homicides but ironically it breeds violence as in some cases offenders committed a capital crime in a territory where execution still prevails while they could have easily avoided it. Second thing discussed is the cost, the research in article shows that it costs significantly more money to put a convict to death than to incarcerate him for life in a prison. Moreover it is shown that in many cases criminals are executed while there are reasonable doubts in their convictions and some have avoided execution by just a few hours before being exonerated.
According to journalist, Tom Whitehead, longer prison sentences prevent criminals from committing further crimes. To support his claim, he recalls some figures. Those who were in jail for up to two years have a 42.9% likelihood of reoffending and going back behind bars within twelve months after release. In contrast, those who served up to four years showed only a 35.7% chance to violate law again. The same research compares the average of further offences of prisoners with longer and shorter sentence – and the number is lower for those, who spent more time in jail.
This seems to show the weakness of the criminal justice system. However, does the dramatically increased number of prisoners necessarily prove that the prison system is not working? Is it possible that the growth resulted from the changes of the laws as more things become illegal, the federal government passes minimum mandatory sentences? Perhaps many crimes for which a person would not have been sent to prison now require a prison term. That could be the reason for the increase.