Indeterminate sentencing refers to sentencing practices where judges incarcerate offenders for statutory ranges of time, generally later determined by a release authority (often known as a parole board). Fixed sentencing refers to sentencing practices where offenders are incarcerated for a legislated fixed length of time and whose release is nonconditional; this may include determinate sentencing, mandatory minimum sentencing, and three strikes law sentencing.

Indeterminate Sentencing

Colonial American punishments were often corporal in nature, ranging from the death penalty for serious crimes to nonlethal forms ...

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