North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 15A. Criminal Procedure Act § 15A-1340.12. Purposes of sentencing

The primary purposes of sentencing a person convicted of a crime are to impose a punishment commensurate with the injury the offense has caused, taking into account factors that may diminish or increase the offender's culpability;  to protect the public by restraining offenders;  to assist the offender toward rehabilitation and restoration to the community as a lawful citizen;  and to provide a general deterrent to criminal behavior.

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