Understanding Sentencing.; Constructing Pennsylvania's Sentencing Guidelines.; Pennsylvania's Commission Meets New Challenges.; Sentencing Serious Violent Offenders.; Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparity.; Location Matters: Variation Among Counties.; Guilty Pleas vs.; Trial Convictions: Unwarranted Disparity? Guidelines and Mandatory Minimums.; Can Guidelines Change Sentencing Practices? Lessons from Pennsylvania's Struggle for Justice.
John H. Kramer is professor of sociology and crime, law, and justice at Pennsylvania State University. Formerly, he was executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, and he served as staff director of the US Sentencing Commission in 1996-1998. Jeffery T. Ulmer is associate professor of sociology and crime, law, and justice at Pennsylvania State University. He is author of Social Worlds of Sentencing and coauthor (with Darrell J. Steffensmeier) of Confessions of a Dying Thief.
"Impressive.... Kramer and Ulmer provide a rare combination of profound insider information and theoretical reasoning with sophisticated empirical work. Anyone concerned with sentencing guidelines or reform must read this book." - Joachim J. Salvesberg, University of Minnesota "A fascinating story of one state's struggle to craft both meaningful and politically palatable sentencing guidelines. The authors provide a comprehensive and theoretically informed evaluation of the complex issues involved. The result is essential reading for anyone interested in sentencing reforms and their impact." - Cassia Spohn, Arizona State University"