mixed sentence

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Courts / Corrections

A mixed sentence is a type of sentence that involves a combination of a term of imprisonment and a term of probation or supervised release.

In other words, a mixed sentence requires a defendant to serve a period of time in jail or prison, followed by a period of supervision in the community, during which they must meet certain conditions, such as regular reporting to a probation officer or attending counseling.

The length of the prison term and the term of probation or supervised release may vary depending on the severity of the offense and other factors, such as the defendant’s criminal history and the recommendations of the judge or sentencing guidelines.

Mixed sentences are often used in cases where the offense is serious enough to warrant a prison sentence but where the judge believes that the defendant can benefit from the structure and support of community supervision to successfully reintegrate into society after their release from prison.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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