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NCJ Number: 118936 Find in a Library
Title: Sentencing and the Penal System: Text and Materials
Author(s): C Harding; L Koffman
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 401
Sponsoring Agency: Sweet and Maxwell
London, NW3 3PF, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-421-35770-3
Sale Source: Sweet and Maxwell
Marketing Director
100 Ave. Road
London, NW3 3PF,
United Kingdom
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This collection of materials on penal policy in the United Kingdom covers the functions and objectives of sentencing and penal systems, presentencing decisions and information, the sentencing process, imprisonment, noncustodial and semi-custodial penalties, young offenders, mentally disordered offenders, and the evaluation of sentencing and penal measures.
Abstract: Topics discussed in relation to the functions and objectives of the sentencing and penal systems are criminal law and non-State sanctions, the sentencing repertoire, noncriminal law sanctions, punishment levels, and reparation and the role of the victim of criminal offenses. The chapter on presentence decisions and information considers the bail decision as an aspect of the penal process, decision as to plea, and information for sentencers. The explanation of the sentencing process addresses the sentencing body, the nature of the sentencing decision, control of sentencing discretion and the formulation of principles, and the disparity of sentencing among courts. Issues discussed in relation to imprisonment are the development of the modern prison system, types of prison sentences, the organization of the prison system, the prison regime, discipline and control and prisoners' rights, and reducing the prison population. After a review of various noncustodial sentences, the book considers the sentencing of juveniles, sentencing for mentally disordered offenders, and the evaluation of sentencing effectiveness. 324-item bibliography, subject index.
Main Term(s): Sentencing/Sanctions
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Foreign criminal justice systems; Incarceration; Juvenile sentencing; Mentally ill offenders; United Kingdom (UK)
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