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About the Book

Sentencing Law and Policy: Cases, Statutes, and Guidelines

Fourth Edition

Nora Demleitner

Douglas Berman

Marc L. Miller

Ronald F. Wright 



2017. Approx. 500 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-8087-5. Teacher's Manual to come. 

About the Book

Among the leading books in the area of Sentencing Law, the fourth edition of Sentencing Law & Policy: Cases Statutes & Guidelines continues in the tradition of its predecessors by giving students a comprehensive overview of modern sentencing practices. Authored by leading scholars, this casebook provides thorough examination of underlying doctrine, motivates students to tackle the important policy and political issues that animate sentencing practices, and poses challenging questions and hypotheticals to stimulate class discussion and independent thought. 

New to the Fourth Edition:

For the Fourth Edition, the authors have undertaken ambitious revision. Specifically, the authors have done the following: 
  • More Streamlined Focus. The authors have streamlined the material covered in the published casebook to material that was originally only in chapters 1-6. Select material originally covered in chapters 7-11 has been integrated into the revised chapters, and full, revised versions of chapters 7-11 will be posted online so professors may customize their courses as they wish. 
  • Thoroughly updated to address important statutory and case law changes—including important recent U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, and state appellate court decisions—recent scholarship, and policy issues of modern concern, including mass incarceration, prosecutorial and judicial discretion, punishment for drug crimes, revised federal and state sentencing guidelines, racial and other disparities in sentencing, and topics associated with administration of the death penalty.  
  • Additional Online Material. In addition to the aforementioned online supplemental chapters, the authors will provide units covering state-specific application of sentencing principles as well as practice-oriented primers and documents.
  • Expanded Teachers’ Manual that will include model syllabi and other supporting materials to help professors construct personalized teaching plans that integrate the text and online materials in a manner that comports with their pedagogical methods.

Preface / Sample Chapters