Abstract

Professor Palmer proposes a new model of criminal dispositions which would replace official discretion at sentencing with judicially created standards for sentencing officials. In Part I he outlines the role of the appellate judiciary in developing an interest analysis to enunciate standards to guide criminal dispositions. In Parts Il and III he examines the roles of administrative agencies and legislatures in perfecting the dispositional process under standards initially ariculated by the judiciary. Professor Palmer emphasizes the concept of individual liberty as a central value of society and shows how a new system of criminal dispositions can enhance that value as a goal of the criminal law.

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62 Georgetown Law Journal 1-59 (1973)

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