Sentencing guidelines in Minnesota, 1978-2003

Richard S. Frase

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Minnesota's guidelines, related sentencing laws, and charging and sentencing practices have evolved considerably since 1980. Sentencing has been coordinated with available correctional resources, avoiding prison overcrowding and ensuring that space is available to hold the most serious offenders; "truth in sentencing" has been achieved; custodial sanctions have been used sparingly; and the guidelines remain simple to understand and apply. However, the sentencing commission's emphasis on just deserts was undercut by subsequent appellate case law, legislation, and sentencing practices. Minnesota has achieved a workable and sustainable balance between sentencing purposes and in other important areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-219
Number of pages89
JournalCrime and Justice
StatePublished - 2005


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