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...retribution, incapacitation, deterrence, rehabilitation, and restoration. Of these five goals, the best one to guide sentencing decisions should be incapacitation. Rehabilitation and deterrence are only guaranteed to be successful on people already unlikely to recommit a crime, while restoration and retribution are not always possible depending on the severity of the crime, such as murder or kidnapping. Incapacitation, on the other hand, prevents criminals from recommitting their crimes and reassures civilians that they can do no further harm. Regardless of how many criminals are on the street, the more... ?Sentencing decisions There are five goals of sentencing in the criminal justice system, which are...