Release on 2009-03-17 | by Andreas von Hirsch,Andrew J Ashworth,Julian V Roberts
Readings on Theory and Policy
Author: Andreas von Hirsch,Andrew J Ashworth,Julian V Roberts
Pubpsher: Hart Publishing
This new, third edition of Principled Sentencing offers students of law, legal philosophy, criminology and criminal justice a wide-ranging selection of the leading scholarship on contemporary sentencing. The volume offers readers critical readings relating to the key moral, philosophical and policy issues in sentencing today. It contains many new readings on subjects that have recently emerged and which have consequences for sentencing in many jurisdictions. The contents of each chapter consists of a selection of readings, some very recent, some more timeless - but each in its own way important to the field. As before, each chapter begins with an introduction by one of the editors accompanied by a selection of further readings. All the chapters have been substantially revised, as have the editorial introductions.
This new edition of Principled Sentencing offers students of law, legal philosophy, criminology and criminal justice an excellent selection of the best available readings on the moral and philosophical issues in sentencing theory.The structure of the book remains the same as in the first edition, though importantly there are now new chapters dealing with restorative justice, 'law and order', and postmodern approaches. These new chapters reflect the significant number of theoretical advances made since the first edition was published in 1992, as well as the growing interest in critical perspectives. As before, each chapter begins with an introduction by one of the editors and ends with a bibliography of suggested further readings. The main body of each chapter consists of a selection of readings, some very up-to-date, others more timeless, but each in its way seminal. All the chapters have been revised and the editorial introductions brought up-to-date.
Andrew Ashworth expertly examines the key issues in English sentencing policy and practice including the mechanisms for producing sentencing guidelines. He considers the most high-profile stages in the criminal justice process such as the Court of Appeal's approach to the custody threshold, the framework for the sentencing of young offenders and the abiding problems of previous convictions in sentencing. Taking into account the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, the book's inter-disciplinary approach places the legislation and guidelines on sentencing in the context of criminological research, statistical trends and theories of punishment. By examining the law in relation to elements of the wider criminal justice system, including the prison and probation services, students gain a rounded perspective on the relevant principles and problems of sentencing and criminal justice.
Release on 2017-03-27 | by Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman
From Colonial Legacies to Modernity
Author: Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman
Examining the sentencing policies of Bangladesh, Criminal Sentencing in Bangladesh calls for going beyond the universal, asocial and apolitical formulations as proclaimed in mainstream sentencing literature in order to decipher the sentencing realities of non-western, post-colonial jurisdictions.
How do judges sentence? This question is frequently asked but infrequently explored. What factors are taken into account? How do judges see their role? How do they apply the aims and purposes of sentencing? How are factors such as public opinion taken into account? How Judges Sentence explores these questions through interviews with Queensland judges. The judges explain how they come to their decisions when sentencing, how they view judicial discretion, and how they exercise it. The book carefully examines their comments within the legislative and theoretical contexts of sentencing. The analysis yields valuable insights into judicial methodologies, perceptions, and attitudes towards the sentencing process. How Judges Sentence provides a major contribution to debates on sentencing.
Does an offender have the right to be punished? "The right to be punished" may sound like an oxymoron, but it is not necessarily so. With the emergence of modern criminal law, the offender gained the right to be punished by rational criminal law rather than being lynched by an angry mob. The present-day offender may have the right to be punished by doctrinal sentencing rather than being subjected to verdicts based on vague, unclear, and uncertain principles. In modern criminal law, the imposition of criminal liability follows accurate and strict rules, whereas there are no similar rules for the imposition of punishment. The process of sentencing is vague and obscure, as are the considerations used for the imposition of punishments. The objective of the present book is to propose a comprehensive, general, and legally sophisticated theory of modern doctrinal sentencing. The challenges of such a legal theory are plenty and complex. In addition to increasing clarity and certainty, modern doctrinal sentencing must deal with modern types of delinquency (e.g. organized crime, recidivism, corporate offenders, high-tech offenses, etc.) and modern principles of criminal law. Modern doctrinal sentencing must serve to ensure optimal sentencing.
This book will appeal to anyone with an interest or stake in sentencing. The collection of essays explores a range of issues relating to the English sentencing guidelines. The contributors include practicing lawyers, legal and sociological academics, and also scholars from several other countries including New Zealand and the United States. The volume begins with a clear and concise history of the guidelines as well as a description of how they function. Thechapters explore a range of issues including the effect of guidelines on judicial practice, the role of public opinion in developing sentencing guidelines, the role of the crime victim in sentencingguidelines and the use of guidelines by practicing barristers.
Release on 2014-10-01 | by Julian V Roberts,Andreas von Hirsch
Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
Author: Julian V Roberts,Andreas von Hirsch
Pubpsher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This latest volume in the Penal Theory and Penal Ethics series addresses one of the oldestquestions in the field of criminal sentencing: should an offender's previous convictions affect the sentence? Although there is an extensive literature on the definition and use of criminal history information, the emphasis here is on the theoretical and normative aspects of considering previous convictions at sentencing. Several authors explore the theory underlying the practice of mitigating the punishments for first offenders, while others put forth arguments for enhancing sentences for recidivists.