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  • The phase of the criminal trial in which a judge gives the guilty defendant a sanction. Types of sentences include incarceration, monetary fines, and probation or other community supervision. When multiple crimes have been committed, the sentences can be served together, concurrently, where the period of incarceration equals the length of the longest sentence or the sentences can be served consecutively, where the length of time served is the total of all sentences. There are several sentencing models, including indeterminate sentencing, where a minimum and a maximum length of incarceration are stated and after serving the minimum sentence the person may be released on parole or other type of supervision based, in part, on institutional behavior. Determinate sentences provide a fixed length of incarceration. Mandatory ...

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