CRJ301 Juvenile Justice (professor)

Where there is malicious intent or unjustifiable disregard for safety, a corresponding punishment therefore is justifiable. A judge may sentence a person found guilty of a crime to capital punishment, intermediate sanctions, probation, fines, or imprisonment; and along with the judge’s assumption of the specific criminal sentence is the idea that the punishment is useful.  However, most sentences in the contemporary societies involve incarceration. The principal intention of criminal sentencing is to punish the lawbreaker. Although rehabilitation is an aspired goal of criminal sentencing, it is only secondary to the purpose of punishment.       

Currently, the United States, as compared to other countries, has the highest percentage of citizen imprisonment. Among the leading industrialized countries, the murder rate of the United States is 3.5 times higher than the second place Italy (Fauteck, n.d.). Moreover, the majority of persons discharged from incarceration in the country are expected to be convicted of another crime within five years (Fauteck, n.d.).
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