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    Mandatory sentencing versus judicial discretion

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    Outline the argument for each of the opposing positions of mandatory sentencing versus judicial discretion. Argument should convey both sides of the argument clearly and dispassionately. Try to write it in such a way that the readers cannot guess which side you favor. Support your argument with reference(s) to articles from current peer-reviewed journals. References to laws and legal journals are also acceptable, if properly cited. You may cite the text, being certain to indicate when you have created a secondary citation.

    Resources:
    Wrightsman, et al. Chapters 1 & 2
    Wrightsman, L. S., Greene, E., Nietzel, M.T., & Fortune, W.H. (2014). Psychology and the legal system (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Thomson Learning

    Greenberg, S. & Shuman, D. (1997). Irreconcilable conflict between therapeutic and forensic roles. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 28, p. 50-57. (available in Walden Library)

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    i) Mandatory Sentencing
    PROS
    1. consistency across states or provinces
    2. increases accountability for sentencing
    3. equality in sentencing between genders

    CONS
    1. racial disparities- imposed disproportionately among certain racial groups ie. Puerto Ricans, African Americans, ...

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    A discussion of the pros and cons of mandatory sentencing and judicial discretion are examined.

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