what are the two key determinates of sentences ? why do these two factors play such an important role in fashioning sentences ?
1. The federal sentencing guidelines state that the offender’s race, gender, age, education, mental and emotional conditions, history of alcohol or drug abuse, employment history, family ties and responsibilities, and community ties are ” not ordinary relevant” in determining the appropriate sentence. Do you agree or disagree with this policy ? why ?
2. what are the two key determinates of sentences ? why do these two factors play such an important role in fashioning sentences ?
3. Assume tha you are a criminal court judge who must determine the appropriate punishment for a first-time offender convicted of possession of cocaine. your choice is limited to one of the alternatives to incarceration and regular probation discussed in this chapter. which of these alternatives would be the most appropriate punishment for this offender ? justify your choice using one of the purposes of punishment discussed in chapter one