Business Finance
Determinate vs. Indeterminate Sentencing

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Until the 1970s, most states provided inmates with a mechanism for early release at the discretion of a parole board under an indeterminate sentencing model. Since that time, determinate sentencing increasingly gained dominance until only very recently, when some states have started to question whether they should revert back to an indeterminate model. This week you compare each sentencing model and provide examples of both.

Write a 700–1,050 word essay incorporating the following:

  • Describe indeterminate sentencing.
  • Outline the pros and cons of indeterminate sentencing.
  • Provide a minimum of two examples of indeterminate sentencing.
  • Describe determinate sentencing.
  • Outline the pros and cons of determinate sentencing.
  • Provide a minimum of two examples of determinate sentencing.

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Include a title and reference page.

Cite a minimum of three reliable sources within the body of your paper using in-text citations where appropriate.

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Determinate and Indeterminate sentencing




Indeterminate sentencing is a jail sentence with no clear date of release. There are
scheduled hearings held by the state parole board to decide the time the convict is eligible for
parole. This can happen within the time range of the sentence one is serving. From this kind of
penalty, it is expected that an individual has undergone restoration while in jail and has shown
progress. With satisfactory progress, the convict is released but if the parole team sees no
progress in the person, parole is denied, and thus one serves the remaining time (Tony, 2000).
A parole board ascertains the exact release date of the guilty party. A parole board is a set
of individuals who audit the guilty party's record while he or she is detained with a specific end
goal to decide if the wrongdoer is qualified for release. The parole board takes a look at such
factors as the detainee's conduct, restoration endeavors, work efforts and several other factors. If
the parole board discovers that the wrongdoer is eligible, the guilty party might be discharged.
With indeterminate sentencing, convicts demonstrating higher progress are released.
Such choices consider the crimes a person commits along with their rap sheet, behaviors and
their commitment towards restoration. In some situations, the victims forgive the offenders and
submit articulations which in most cases result in one being granted parole. (Tony, 2000).
There are several critics concerning indeterminate sentencing with most arguing that
there is excessive control placed under the supervision of the parole board, which tend to prompt
self-assertive and unfair outcomes. Such, in most cases, result in individuals with little
associations and considered minorities are getting overly unforgiving choices. On the other hand,
the less meriting wrongdoers but with great relationships are discharged early.
A good case study of intermediate sentencing is the situation of Homaida Al-Turki, a
Saudi-Arabia national. He was arraigned in court on counts of raping his housekeeper. He was



charged with a total of twelve counts of sexual assault. Mr. Homaida was found guilty of keeping
his house help in his home without her consent and thus became a slave. Mr. Al-Turki found
reprieve when his sentence was reduced because of the time he had served at Limon, Colorado.
Furthermore, due to suggestions from a current...

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