The Stanford Rapist: Was Individualized Justice Justified?

The Stanford Rapist: Was Individualized Justice Justified? | Saul Bienenfeld

The sentencing of a Stanford University student guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has been met with an outpouring of disbelief across the nation. The extremely low sentence of six months—for a rape conviction—in actuality will be further reduced to four months for good behavior, which begs the following, conflicting questions:

  • Should there be specified guidelines and minimum sentences for specific crimes that judges must adhere to; or
  • Given that we have suggested sentences, should judges have the latitude to deviate from the guidelines?

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