sentencing guideline

noun

Definition of sentencing guideline

US criminal law
: one of a set of rules for computing sentences that is promulgated by a commission on sentencing and that typically provides classifications (such as offenses or offenders), scales (as of severity of crimes), and suggested punishments

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Sentencing guideline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sentencing%20guideline. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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