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Carissa Hessick published in 'Boston University Law Review'

February 24, 2009

Professor Carissa Byrne Hessick, of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, has published an article, "Why Are Only Bad Acts Good Sentencing Factors?" in the Boston University Law Review. In this article, Hessick wonders why prior bad acts are uniformly treated as aggravating factors at sentencing while prior good acts - such as an honorable discharge from the military or charitable works - are not similarly treated as a mitigating sentencing factor.

You can read the article here.

Hessick teaches Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and a seminar on sentencing law and policy. Her research focuses on aggravation and mitigation in criminal sentencing, relative crime severity, and other political and doctrinal issues associated with sentencing.

Judy Nichols,
(480) 727-7895
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law