Sentencing by Parole Board
In most states and in the federal system, the sentencing judge is not the sole determiner of how long a convicted offender will be in prison. Typically, the judge sets bounds on the time to be served (e.g., two to six years) without exactly specifying it. An administrative entity, the parole board, reviews the case periodically and decides exactly when to release the offender. Thus, judges and parole boards are jointly responsible for determining incarceration (Genego, Goldberger, & Jackson, 1975; Stanley, 1976).
KeywordsBoard Member Board Action Crime Category Technical Violation Parole Board
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