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Probation Department Sentencing: Recommendations in Two Utah Counties

Volume 64 Number 2
December 2000

The authors analyze the sentencing recommendations in presentence investigation reports randomly selected from two counties in the State of Utah. They compare the recommended sentence with the actual judicial sentence, and also determine the degree to which the probation staff adhered to their own sentencing guideline system. Finally, they examine attitudes of judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and probation/parole officers toward issues related to sentencing.