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NCJ Number: 115101 Find in a Library
Title: Extended Terms of Imprisonment for Persistent Offenders
Journal: Home Office Research and Planning Unit Research Bulletin  Issue:21  Dated:(1986)  Pages:43-45
Author(s): L Davidoff; J Barkway
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 3
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A review of the use made of sentencing habitual offenders to extended terms in Great Britain concludes that, given the resources needed to administer these sentences and the lack of evidence that they deter recidivism, more cost-effective ways of dealing with such offenders may exist.
Abstract: The Criminal Justice Act 1967 outlines specific conditions for imposing extended sentences, but in reality such sentences are rarely used. Only about 15 offenders of over 80,000 sentenced at the Crown Court in 1984 received extended sentences. A survey of the period 1967-84 showed that most offenders given extended sentences were convicted of burglary, theft and handling stolen goods, or robbery. Prison sentences used most frequently were in the 3-5 years band. Offenders had numerous previous convictions, and most were in the 30-39 and 40-49 age groups. Follow-up studies indicate that offenders given extended sentences are quickly reconvicted following release. Tables.
Main Term(s): Habitual offenders
Index Term(s): Cross-cultural analyses; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Sentence effectiveness
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