What is determinate and indeterminate sentencing?
The phrase “determinate sentencing” means that an offender is sentenced to a specific amount of time in jail upon his conviction. Determinate sentencing is only used in a handful of states. Most of the country instead relies on indeterminate sentencing, which is a sentencing that refers to a range of time, rather than a set period. Determinate sentencing is the process of a court assigning a set prison term to a convicted offender.