New Jersey Sentencing Laws Persuasive Essay by Nicky

A critical look at the sentencing laws in New Jersey and their limitations.
# 146357 | 1,775 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2010 in Law (Criminal) , Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections)

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The paper discusses the approaches that have been established over the years to try and accomplish the goal of protecting society, namely, retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, reintegration, incapacitation and just deserts. The paper argues for an approach that involves incapacitation, rehabilitation and reintegration and goes on to provide evidence that the just desert sentencing structure in New Jersey does not achieve the ultimate goal of protecting society. The paper strongly believes that criminal laws, in addition to meting out punishment, must give direction for both rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

From the Paper:

"The concept of corrections can be defined as the treatment of offenders through a system of penal incarceration, rehabilitation, probation, and parole. The main goal of a country's correctional system has always been determined by what society wants. These wishes are then shaped by politics and implemented through public policy. Throughout history in this country the correctional systems main objective has been to protect the people of the country. There have been many ideas and processes established over the years in order to try and carry this out, and the question of which of these processes are right has been a big debate in this country for years."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blakely, Curtis. "American Criminal Justice Philosophy Revisited" Federal Probation. 27.1 (2008): 6.
  • "Statutory Changes to Sentencing under the NJ Code of Criminal Justice: 1979 to Present". The New Jersey Commission to Review Criminal Sentencing. 2007. 11 March 2009. <>
  • Michael, Marcus. "Sentencing for Public Safety What's Wrong and How Sentencing Support CanHelp". 2004. 11 March 2009. <>
  • Buccino, Neal. "Rutgers Study Shows Parole Succeeds in Reducing Recidivism." State of New Jersey Parole Board. 2008. <>
  • Dowling, Michael. "New Study Shows that Parolees Less Likely to Relapse." State of New Jersey Parole Board. 2007. 11 March 2009. <>

Cite this Persuasive Essay:

APA Format

New Jersey Sentencing Laws (2010, December 25) Retrieved April 19, 2024, from

MLA Format

"New Jersey Sentencing Laws" 25 December 2010. Web. 19 April. 2024. <>