sentencing process

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In Module 2, you discussed offenses, consequences, and the guidelines judges use to determine punishment. If the crime is a state crime, and not federal, these factors are designated by state laws. These laws are created and passed in the state legislature and commonly compiled together in a code book or statutes.

Research your state’s (Illinois) law regarding armed robbery. You may use the Internet and the Argosy University online library resources to locate your state laws. Click here to view The Law Library of Congress that has a guide for each state that can help you find your state’s laws and regulations.

Submission Details:

  • By Tuesday, October 14, 2014, in a minimum of 250 words, post your responses to the following questions to the Discussion Area:
    • Discuss whether your state’s (Illinois) statutes indicate a specific sentence or whether there is some discretion for the judge.
    • Find out if your state (Illinois) has a “three-strikes” law or other sentencing laws that the judges must observe.
    • Do you agree with the position your state (Illinois) has taken on these issues?

Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric

All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.

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