Levin College of Law
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Criminal Sentencing

Course Number: LAW 6936 Credits: 2

This course will examine both the doctrine and the rapidly developing debates over the purposes, justifications, and impact of the law of criminal sentencing. We will delve into the nature of legal discretion as it is shared among legislatures, courts, and prosecutors in developing and implementing sentencing schemes. We will discuss recent state and federal cases dealing with sentencing issues including juvenile sentencing, sentencing guidelines, recidivist sentencing, innovative punishments, and the death penalty.