Sentencing data are ubiquitous, as are discussions about the need for and importance of data collection and assessments. More and more criminal justice stakeholders acknowledge—or even proclaim—that data are valuable, if not essential, for sentencing decision-making. This is a positive development, and one that should not be too readily considered inevitable or without the potential for controversy. This essay explores the sentencing and data nexus and makes recommendations for the future.

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