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National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Reports, No. 205, September/October 1987

NCJ Number
Michael K. Block; William M. Rhodes; Bruce Johnson
Date Published
29 pages
This document contains an article on the impact of Federal sentencing guidelines and summaries of other articles on topics of interest to criminal justice professionals.
As part of the Crime Control Act of 1984, Congress created the U.S. Sentencing Commission as an independent body in the judicial branch of government. The Commission is charged with establishing sentencing policies and practices for the Federal criminal justice system that accomplish punishment, deterrence, incapacitation, and rehabilitation. Analysis of a prison impact model to determine the impact of the new guidelines disclosed that straight probation sentences will decrease, average time served will increase and the guidelines alone will not have a major impact on prison population. The document contains articles on effecting change in the courts, on the National Institute of Justice AIDS Clearinghouse, and summaries of articles on courts; dispute resolution; institutional corrections (adult); juvenile justice system; law enforcement; offenses; reference and statistics; technology/systems; and victim services. Figures, notes