Summary and Conclusions

  • Martha A. Myers
  • Susette M. Talarico
Part of the Research in Criminology book series (RESEARCH CRIM.)


The preceding analyses of felony sentencing demonstrate that criminal sentencing is a complex and multifaceted process. In summarizing the results of these analyses and commenting on their significance, it is helpful to draw an analogy with the theater.1 Anyone who has ever attended a play, musical, or ballet is aware of the importance of spotlights. To highlight an individual or group of performers, theater technicians use a variety of lights. When focusing on an individual or scene, all beams are concentrated in what appears to be a single light so as to direct the audience’s attention. It is neither possible nor desirable to rely on a single spotlight for this effect because the resulting illumination would obviously fall far short of the effect of several beams combined as one.


Criminal Sentencing Violent Offender Drug Offender Sentencing Decision Felony Sentencing 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha A. Myers
    • 1
  • Susette M. Talarico
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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