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NCJ Number: 120006 Find in a Library
Title: Robbers At Court (From Armed Robbery: Proceedings of a Seminar Held 22-24 March 1988, P 83-92, Dennis Challinger, ed. -- See NCJ-119997)
Author(s): I Potas
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: One of the great misconceptions relating to the sentencing of robbers is that courts are excessively lenient.
Abstract: Sentencing decisions in New South Wales courts between 1978 and 1982 for two offense categories, robbery with major assault, and robbery with minor assault were studied. Data show that approximately 15 percent of offenders sentenced for robbery with major assault avoided imprisonment altogether. The proportion of offenders who received noncustodial sentences for the less serious category of offenses - robbery with minor assault - was considerably higher: approximately one-third. In summary, whereas seven persons out of twenty avoided imprisonment for robbery with minor assault, only three persons out of twenty avoided imprisonment for robbery with major assault.
Main Term(s): Sentencing disparity
Index Term(s): Armed robbery; Australia; Court statistics; Foreign courts
Note: For microfiche, see NCJ-119997.
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