Sentencing in the United States
Sentencing in the United States

Sentencing in the United States

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In the US, felony charges are those charges that are associated with offences such as crime which under the law of US, the offender is capable of being punished with imprisonment of not less than a year (Warren 2007).In a recent case involving George verses Virginia; George was being sued for assault.He was charged in a New York court.In its final verdict the presiding judge sentenced George to three years imprisonment.The three years given to George fall under the model of retribution,which is meant to serves as a punishment for committing assault.This shows that he is punished for assaulting Virginia.

Political climate in the US can have a direct effect on the sentencing trends.Different ideologies and views by the politicians affect the way sentences are given to those who break the law (Latzer 1990).This is because most of the politicians are the law makers and have the power to make changes to sentences so that they fit their views .The ruling party has a great influence in judicial matters.Through the congress, the party with the majority seats can make adjustments to matters of sentencing and classification of offences.Provided the correct threshold is met, the amendment is passed in the house of congress and later enacted into law. The fact that it is easy to amend the constitution makes sentencing a subject to change as the sentence is either made severe or reduced depending on what views the politicians have.

>As a sittingjudge, l may be face with a hard time trying to judge between what is reasonable regarding giving sentences to offenders and following the political will of most politicians.Coming up with a judgement them becomes a hard nut to crack as the dilemma I face would make me delay on my judgement.My function as a judge is to give verdicts based on my experience as a judge, the quantity of the offence and give a judgement that is in line with the constitution.Putting all these factors together might seem challenging as they may differ and give different solutions. Thus political climate affects my functioning as a judge where my judgement may be influenced by the political party that has the say in the country. Based on George’s case, my view is that the case fall under retribution, where he is supposed to be punished for assault. Therefore I fall under the model of giving punishment to offenders as a way of discouraging them not to repeat the mistake they committed. My personal political views are the same that offenders should be made to account for their crimes through punishment.

References

  • Latzer, B. (1990). New Judicial Federalism and Criminal Justice: Two Problems and a Response, The. Rutgers Lj, 22, 863.
  • Warren, R. K. (2007). Evidence-Based Practices and State Sentencing Policy: Ten Policy Initiatives to Reduce Recidivism. Ind. LJ, 82, 1307. /docProps/thumbnail.wmf

 

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