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The Meaning of "Cruel and Unusual Punishment"
The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the infliction of “cruel and unusual punishments.” Virtually every state constitution also has its own prohibition against such penalties.
Sentencing Alternatives: Probation, Fines, and Community Service
Convictions don't always lead to jail time. What sentencing alternatives are out there? And who's eligible for them?
Beyond Jail: Fines and Restitution
Judges may have many choices when it comes to sentencing a convicted defendant.
Restitution Law for Victims of Crime
Restitution is designed to compensate crime victims for their losses. Learn about the kinds of expenses and people that restitution covers.
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What kind of community service can a judge order?
Community service, also known as community
"Time served" sounds great. Why not take the deal right away?
I've been offered "time served," which means I can go home right away. Any reason not to agree?