Courts are the segment of the criminal justice system responsible for imposing sentences on convicted offenders. Unless otherwise required as part of a mandatory sentencing structure, courts will often have a variety of alternatives when imposing punishment. Compose an essay of 500 – 700 words that examines the role of court administrators with ensuring that the appropriate punishment is imposed when sentencing alternatives exist. For the purposes of this question the term “court administrators” is defined as judges and prosecutors. As part of your response provide examples of factors that must be considered when determining the appropriate sentence for an offender. Directly quoted material may be used, but will not count towards the minimum word count. Be sure to support your response with cited scholarly resources as required by APA. A minimum of three (3) resources in addition to the course textbook must be used when composing your response.

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