2010 Tennessee Code
Title 40 - Criminal Procedure
Chapter 35 - Criminal Sentencing Reform Act of 1989
Part 1 - General Provisions
40-35-103 - Sentencing considerations.

40-35-103. Sentencing considerations.

To implement the purposes of this chapter, the following principles apply:

     (1)  Sentences involving confinement should be based on the following considerations:

          (A)  Confinement is necessary to protect society by restraining a defendant who has a long history of criminal conduct;

          (B)  Confinement is necessary to avoid depreciating the seriousness of the offense or confinement is particularly suited to provide an effective deterrence to others likely to commit similar offenses; or

          (C)  Measures less restrictive than confinement have frequently or recently been applied unsuccessfully to the defendant;

     (2)  The sentence imposed should be no greater than that deserved for the offense committed;

     (3)  Inequalities in sentences that are unrelated to a purpose of this chapter should be avoided;

     (4)  The sentence imposed should be the least severe measure necessary to achieve the purposes for which the sentence is imposed;

     (5)  The potential or lack of potential for the rehabilitation or treatment of the defendant should be considered in determining the sentence alternative or length of a term to be imposed. The length of a term of probation may reflect the length of a treatment or rehabilitation program in which participation is a condition of the sentence; and

     (6)  Trial judges are encouraged to use alternatives to incarceration that include requirements of reparation, victim compensation or community service or all of these.

[Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 6.]  

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