January 15, 2016
Sentencing Fragments: Penal Reform in America, 1975-2025
Oxford University Press published a book by University of Minnesota Law Professor Michael Tonry, Sentencing Fragments: Penal Reform in America, 1975-2025. The book examines the transformation of the U.S. sentencing system from early reforms in the mid-1970’s to the transition towards harsher sentences in the mid-1980s through subsequent developments through 2015. It focuses on the empirical evidence of consequences of changes in sentencing policy for court operations, crime rates, imposed sentences, and imprisonment rates over the past four decades. Sentencing Fragments combines a history of policy with an examination of current research findings regarding the consequences of the sentencing system. The book concludes with a set of proposals for creating better policies and practices for the future.