Sentencing Offenders

Arming the Courts with Research (2009)
The Pew Charitable Trusts
This policy brief outlines 10 strategies for evidence-based sentencing that would allow states to reduce their crime rates while conserving state resources to meet other important needs.

Treating Drug Abuse and Addiction in the Criminal Justice System:
Improving Public Health and Safety
(2009)
The Journal of the American Medical Association
In this document, three researchers affiliated with NIDA discuss the scientific and policy considerations for addressing offenders’ drug abuse and addiction.

Strategies for Addressing the DWI Offender: 10 Promising Sentencing Practices (2005)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
This document addresses some of the more innovative and aggressive approaches to the problem, including DWI Courts, staggered sentencing, sentencing circles, ignition interlocks, continuous alcohol monitoring, cognitive behavioral therapy, re-entry courts, and medications.

A Guide to Sentencing DWI Offenders (2005)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
This document predates some of the latest technologies, but nonetheless provides an excellent overview of holistic sentencing strategies.

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