JUS 505 Week 3 Assignment, Mandatory Sentencing Essay
Write an essay (1,000-1,250 words) that presents both sides of the argument for and against mandatory sentencing laws.
Your essay should analyze the discretion in sentencing federal judges had prior to the 1984 Sentencing Reform Act, which was transferred to the District Attorney’s office after passage of the Act.”
Your essay should reflect your opinion regarding this process:
- Do you feel this transfer of power is an improvement from the previous system? Why or why not?
- Provide a critique of deterrence and incapacitation in regards to mandatory sentencing. Are these valid goals? Explain.
JUS 505 Week 4 Discussion 1: The textbook readings for this module argue both sides of the assertion that supermax prisons are infringing on the constitutional rights of prisoners. Which side do you agree with? Explain why. Also, find at least one additional scholarly source that discusses the impact of supermax prisons on the criminal justice system. Discuss how supermax prisons have impacted criminal justice for good or bad.
JUS 505 Week 4 Discussion 2: Discuss the legal ethics involved in administratively transferring an inmate to a supermax prison.