Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 January 1998

232 Pages | 7 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195122930

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Sentencing Matters

Michael Tonry

Studies in Crime and Public Policy

"Tonry has written the most inclusive and up-to-date study of American sentencing practices now available. To my knowledge, no other work approaches Sentencing Matters' field of vision, particularly in its sustained attention to developments in the states. No other scholar has taken on the painstaking and unglamorous work of learning what so many jurisdictions are doing--and then keeping up with their progress over time. The tedious nature of this effort should not be undersold....Without Michael Tonry, virtually no literature on state sentencing would exist....[His] intellectual center of gravity is different from the image sometimes offered of legal scholars, that they speak only to each other and are disdainful of practitioners....Tonry runs contrary to stereotype: the influence of his work over the years has not been due to the intricacy of his theories or the fluency of his writing style. Instead, his achievements have come from knowing what he is talking about....Sentencing Matters is a compendium of the best work of the leading scholar on American sentencing innovations."--Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology


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