Determinate Sentencing: The Promise and the Reality of Retributive Justice

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SUNY Press, Jul 3, 1991 - Social Science - 237 pages
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This book discusses in depth the rise and fall of the determinate ideal, once heralded as a replacement to the old order of criminal justice. Using new materials and combining political, empirical, and theoretical perspectives, Griset examines the attempt in New York State to establish determinate sentencing — “punishment for its own sake” — to replace the existing policy of rehabilitation. In portraying New York’s experience against the backdrop of a national reform agenda, she analyzes the development and ultimate failure of a major social movement.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Purpose and Power A Historical Link
9
The Birth of the Determinate Ideal
25
The National Movement for Determinate Sentencing
39
The Attack on the Rehabilitative Regime in New York
61
New York Embraces the Determinate Ideal
77
Sentencing Guidelines New York Style
111
The Fall of the Determinate Ideal
145
ConclusionThe Rhetoric and the Reality
173
PUBLIC HEARINGS ON DETERMINATE SENTENCING
187
INTERVIEWS
189
CHAPTER 711 OF THE LAWS OF 1983
191
REFERENCES
195
NOTES
203
INDEX
233
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Pamala L. Griset is Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services in Albany.

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