Justice Of Administration Discussion Board
Marital status, relationship with the family, employment, and prior drug or alcohol abuse are considered indicators of social stability, or whether the accused would be returning to a stable environment if put on probation. However, parental status (i.e. single parenthood) and the presence of other dependents are not considered mitigating factors during sentencing. This often results in the breakdown of family life and contributes to the family cycle of criminal activity. Low-income minorities, particularly women, are disproportionately effected. Should dependents be considered during the sentencing process? What sentencing options could be considered? How would this fit in with sentencing guidelines?