Prison Term Policy Recommendation

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The legal definition of armed robbery, according to The Free Dictionary by Farlex is "The taking of money or goods in the possession of another, from his or her person or immediate presence, by force or intimidation." (Free Dictionary, 2009) This is not to be confused with larceny. An armed robbery is defined when a person is made to feel fear or harm and then has personal property stolen. Larceny is a person who hasIt is the responsibility for members of the state legislature to thoroughly research whether a bill to double the maximum prison term for any person convicted of armed robbery will be an effective deterrent to future crimes. The data compiled will present the positive and negative aspects of the proposed bill. Therefore, the criminologist advisor will compile a study of the current laws, consequences, and data necessary to make a recommendation.

This author will be the criminologist advisor for the New Jersey state legislature member.

As the state's advisor, this author will present the prison term policy as it stands for armed robbery and the authors' recommendation for the change; included will be the incorporation of the Three-Strikes Law to aid in the punishment stage.

In the state of New Jersey, the sentence for first degree armed robbery is 25 years in prison. "Each armed robbery conviction carries maximum statutory prison sentence of 25 years." (2006) Pursuant to state law, the convict must serve a minimum of 85 percent of their sentence. For a 25 year sentence, this would be 21.25 years.

This author feels that if the convicted criminal has no regard for their victim, they should serve their term behind bars. In reality, if a person the age of 40 was sentenced to a term of 25 years, they would be 65 when they...