6: Sentencing

Learning Objectives

In this section, you will be introduced to policy in the criminal justice system. Policies that can be examined include issues related to juvenile justice, drug legislation, intimate partner violence, prison overcrowding, school safety, new federal immigration laws, terrorism, and national security. After reading this section, students will be able to:

  • Examine the relationship between theory, research, and policy.
  • Understand the factors involved in creating moral panics.
  • Identify the stages involved in creating policy.
  • Understand the role of evidence-based practice in policy.
  • Reflect on how current events and politics shape policy.


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Introduction to the U.S. Criminal Justice System Copyright © 2019 by Alison S. Burke, David Carter, Brian Fedorek, Tiffany Morey, Lore Rutz-Burri, and Shanell Sanchez is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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