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pass sentence on someone

1. Lit. [for a judge] to read out the sentence of punishment for a convicted criminal. It is my job as judge to pass sentence on you. The judge was about to pass sentence on Max—ten years in prison.
2. Fig. [for someone] to render a judgment on another person in the manner of a judge. You have no right to pass judgment on me! I wish you wouldn't pass judgment on everyone around you.
See also: on, pass, sentence

sentence someone to something (for something)

[for a judge] to order someone to suffer confinement, death, or labor for committing a crime. The judge sentenced Roger to three years in prison for the crime. The judge sentenced him to hard labor.
See also: sentence
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The frequency with which they are used; The offences for which they are used; The length of sentences; Breach rates; Sentencing practices on breach; and Recidivism rates including where reoffending does not result in a breach.
Examine Tasmania's current use of other sentencing options including actual terms of imprisonment, community based orders and conditional release orders and the possible effect on them of the abolition of suspended sentences.
Research legislative approaches to suspended sentencing options in other jurisdictions in Australia and overseas, (including an analysis of and commentary on any published statistics on suspended sentences and breaches) and on the effect of abolition of suspended sentences on imprisonment numbers.
12) The failure to consider the appellate lawmaking role is unfortunate, for "appellate review of sentences may present the best hope" for balancing the need for a common law of sentencing with the need for individualized sentences.
Unfortunately, notwithstanding the attention given to the question of whether a common law body of sentencing jurisprudence is a proper objective, few scholars writing after Booker have explored the practical administration of a robust model of appellate review in the federal system.
The English Court of Appeal-Criminal Division has a hundred-year-long history of appellate-court development of sentencing principles through common-law review of sentencing decisions.
Today, only six of the fifty states utilize jury sentencing in
4) Kentucky's sentencing statute allows juries to impose
In the military, sentencing by court members occurs when the
One of the enduring challenges in sentencing policymaking is the
excluded from sentencing decisionmaking, even if they are logically
As Congress and the Sentencing Commission consider the
The court, noting the Bible is considered a code of law by many in the state's "contemporary communities," concluded that "introduction of the Bible by a juror to demonstrate to another juror a command of death for murder created a reasonable possibility that a typical juror could have been influenced to vote for a death sentence instead of life; consequently, we must uphold the trial court's judgment vacating the death sentence and sentencing Harlan to life imprisonment without parole.
4) Such broad judicial discretion in the ascription of sentencing terms--complemented by parole officials exercising similar discretion concerning prison release dates--was viewed as necessary to ensure that sentences could be tailored to the rehabilitative prospects and progress of each offender.