I was reading a Journal-World article about the sentencing for a recently convicted rapist. How do judges decide the sentences for particular crimes?
Kansas judges use a sentencing grid, which takes into account the severity of a crime and number of offenses committed. The grid gives judges a narrow range of sentencing options depending on where the crime falls on the sentencing grid. You can download the grid at www.sedgwickcounty.org/da/explain_sentence_grid.html.