Topic: Case Study 1 – The Goals of Corrections
Jonathan Dough, 32 years old, was convicted by a jury of Aggravated Assault. The trial lasted for 2 days. Dough’s defense was that he was too intoxicated to have committed the crime.
Before rendering a sentence, the judge (you) requests a presentence investigation (PSI) be conducted. The PSI reveals the following information:
Dough has been married for the past 10 years.
Dough has 2 children: a girl (7) and a boy (3).
Dough has lived in the same house for the past 12 years.
Dough has a bachelor’s degree and is currently enrolled in an MBA program.
Dough has had 7 jobs with 7 different employers over the past 10 years. He has never been with the same employer for more than 2 years.
When he was 24 years old, Dough was convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). His conviction resulted in a first-time, nonviolent offender program that included: 6 months of suspended driving privileges, a $250 fine, Safe Driving School, a substance abuse counseling program, and a 1-year probation. Upon successful completion of the program, his criminal record was to be expunged.
At 29 years old, Dough was again arrested and convicted of DUI. He was sentenced to 60 days of incarceration (served during 30 weekends), 1 year of suspended driving privileges, a $300 fine, Safe Driving School, a substance abuse counseling program, and a 1-year probation.
With this information, formulate and develop a sentence for Dough that meets 1 or more of the following goals of corrections: rehabilitation, restitution, deterrence, incarceration, or punishment. Then explain why your sentence meets the goals of corrections.