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Criminal Law: Sentencing

Overview of Sentencing

This page provides information about state and Federal sentencing guidelines, which are the applicable formulas used to calculate jail or prison sentences. Commentaries on sentencing are also provided on this page. These commentaries can be helpful for practicing attorneys looking to mitigate their client’s sentence, or for those interested in understanding the rationale underlying sentence formulations. Likewise, there is also information about capital punishment, such as empirical data pertaining death-row inmates as well as post-execution exonerations. Users can find scholarly books discussing the constitutionality of the death penalty and they can also access sources advocating its reform. Users interested in current legal trends or the direction of criminal justice will likely find the online blogs to be both informative and insightful.   

Capital Punishment Print Sources

Commentaries on Sentencing


HeinOnline is a useful tool for finding archived material, especially material dating back to the 19th century. HeinOnline is also good for users who are seeking out international resources or law review journals. The law review journals are, however, only available in PDF format, as are all other sources procured through HeinOnline. 


    HeinOnline is accessible via IP recognition while on-campus; When off-campus, users MUST login via Regent's Law Library site.