Presentation on theme: "So you have been convicted.. Now What?. Sentencing Options Most statutes have a sentencing structure Judges have considerable freedom in determining type,"— Presentation transcript:
So you have been convicted.. Now What?
Sentencing Options Most statutes have a sentencing structure Judges have considerable freedom in determining type, length and conditions of punishment
Suspended Sentence Sentence is given but does not have to be served at this time. May have to serve if rearrested
Probation Defendant is released to supervision of probation officer after agreeing to follow certain conditions.
Home Confinement Otherwise known as House Arrest Can only leave home for essential trips, like school or work.
Restitution Defendant must pay back or makeup for loss or injury to the victim
Work Release Allowed to work but must return to prison otherwise
Purposes of Punishment Retribution- “Eye for an eye” Deterrence- Discourage others Rehabilitation- helping convicts change their behavior Incapacitation- Separating the offender from the community
Parole Parole is the release of a convicted person before their entire sentence has been served. Must reach a minimum amount before they can apply. Case is then heard and decided by parole board
Capital Punishment Death Sentence Big debate Methods –32 states use lethal injection –10 use electrocution –6 use lethal gas –2 hanging –2 firing squads –Several have different options –See handout