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    Sentencing guidelines is a set of standards for determining the punishment that a convicted criminal should receive based on the nature of the crime and the offender’s criminal history.

    State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)

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    Another sentencing guidelines definition is a set of rules and principles established by the United States Sentencing Commission that trial judges use to determine the sentence of a convicted defendant in a federal court case.

    Judicial Council of California. “Self-Help Glossary” (2016)

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    Statutory sentencing guidelines are to be used for all felony offenses committed on or after January 1, 1999, and to which the guidelines apply. The guidelines structure judicial sentencing discretion but do not eliminate it.

    Michigan Judicial Institute. “Handbook of Legal Terms” (2015)