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Influence in Determining Criminal Sentencing

Which do you see as having the biggest impact on sentencing organizational, legal, or exta-legal factors? Which of these factors might be easiest to moderate?

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Question: Which do you see as having the biggest impact on sentencing organizational, legal, or extra-legal factors? Which of these factors might be easiest to moderate?

Organizational Factors
- Legal representation
- Plea bargaining
- Personal attitude or perspective of the Judge
- Pretrial status

Legal Factors
- Current offense
- Past criminal history/record
- Mitigating circumstances

Extra-legal Factors
- Age
- Race
- Sex
- Socioeconomic status

Do organizational, legal, or extra-legal factors have the biggest impact on sentencing?

There is overlap between all of these factors and one could argue that any of them has the biggest impact on sentencing; however, it might be easiest to make the case for organizational factors being the most influential. One reason is that organizational factors can potentially take both legal and extra-legal factors into account during sentencing. For ...

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