determinate sentence


determinate sentence
determinate sentence see sentence

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

determinate sentence
A jail or prison sentence that is definite and not subject to review by a parole board or other agency. For example, a sentence of six months in the county jail is determinate, because the prisoner will spend no more than six months (minus time off for good behavior, in some situations). By contrast, an indeterminate sentence (such as 20 years to life) has a minimum term but the release date, if any, will be chosen by a parole board as it periodically reviews the case. Compare: indeterminate sentence
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


determinate sentence
A sentence to confinement for a fixed or minimum period that is specified by statute.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


determinate sentence
A sentence to confinement for a fixed or minimum period that is specified by statute.

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