The inequities of sentences for criminal offenders present one of the great problems in the administration of criminal justice. The impact of an individual judge's background, personality, and prejudices on the sentences which he pronounces has increasingly become a matter of legitimate public concern. Courts, in the sentencing of convicted persons, must be something other than mechanical instruments of punishment. The symbolic blindfold on the statue of Justice was never intended to obscure from the sight of the judge an understanding of the human being who stands before him awaiting judgment. The quality of sentencing must concern us no less than the quality of the entire judicial process which precedes it.
Appendix A: Sentencing Council Recommendation Chart
Appendix B: Summary of Disposition by Sentencing Judge
Toward a More Enlightened Sentencing Procedure,
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