Vera Institute Edits Journal on “Sentencing Within Sentencing”


The New York City-based Vera Institute of Justice has produced a special issue of the Federal Sentencing Reporter titled “Sentencing Within Sentencing” that explores, as Vera’s Alison Shames puts it, “the many ways in addition to the actual sentencing decision imposed by a judge that people are punished by de facto sentences in the criminal justice system.”

Shames writes that, “People involved in the criminal justice system are, in fact, punished at multiple points.” The special issue, which must be purchased from the University of California Press, includes articles on a range of issues, including pretrial detention due to inability to afford bail, solitary confinement, court fees and fines, and the impact of sentencing on families, victims, and the community.

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