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NOW ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS FIGURE OUT WHO'LL REGRESS TO AGE 18 LATER...

Should criminal sentencing be keyed to age and gender? Is that possible under the U.S. Constitution? Guest blogger Ken Lammers mulls these what-ifs on Crime & Federalism:

"On the one hand, if age and gender determine length of sentence we move beyond punishing a crime and punish status. On the other hand, if an 18-year-old male charged with an assault is 5 times as likely to offend multiple times in the next 5 years than a 35-year-old woman charged with assault, is it just to ignore their statuses? (stati?)"

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Posted by Laurel Newby on January 26, 2005 at 12:24 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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