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Pleas, Sentencing and Accountability

About this Course

This course will combine a statutory, rule, and case-law based exploration of plea bargaining and sentencing law and procedure with an experiential component interviewing and writing background biographical reports about criminal defendants in actual Vermont cases. These reports will augment the Pre-Sentence Investigative Reports (PSI) prepared in major felonies and, in other cases without a PSI, assist judges, community justice centers, and parole boards in understanding the “whole person” upon whom consequences are pending. This academic, experiential, and writing course brings an important hands-on, real-world application to the criminal and restorative justice curriculum at VLS. Students will be graded High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, and Fail.

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Restorative Justice