sentencing: an overview
A criminal sentence refers to the formal legal consequences associated with a conviction. Types of sentences include probation, fines, short-term incarceration, suspended sentences, which only take effect if the convict fails to meet certain conditions, payment of restitution to the victim, community service, or drug and alcohol rehabilitation for minor crimes. More serious sentences include long-term incarceration, life-in-prison, or the death penalty in capital murder cases.
menu of sources
U.S. Constitution and Federal Statutes
- U.S. Constitution:
- CRS Annotated Constitution
- U.S. Code: 18 U.S.C.
Federal Judicial Decisions
- U.S. Supreme Court:
- Recent Supreme Court Decision
- Older Supreme Court Death Penalty Decisions
- Liibulletin Oral Argument Previews
Key Internet Sources
- Criminal Cases (Nolo)