sentencing guidelines

noun plural
sentencing guide·​lines | \ -ˈgīd-ˌlīnz \

Legal Definition of sentencing guidelines

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

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“Sentencing guidelines.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/sentencing%20guidelines. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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