Inconsistences in Sentencing and Sentencing Reform

Complete all assigned reading before attempting the assignment. Your answers must be based on the reading plus add your own insightful comments as well. Answer the following question(s) in one paragraph. Read pages 290-296 and 300-301(for question 2)…

  1. One judge complained that thanks to sentencing guidelines, his role in the sentencing process was like “following an elaborate cookbook.” Why would proponents of sentencing reform argue that this sort of restriction on judicial discretion is a positive development?
  2. In Alabama, Delaware, and Florida, judges can override death penalty sentencing decisions made by juries. What are the arguments for and against giving judges this power? How might these three states be in conflict with the United States Supreme Court’s Ring decision, described on pages 300-301?

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