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NCJ Number: 121359 Find in a Library
Title: Policy, Accountability and the Courts (From Criminal Justice System: A Central Role for the Probation Service, P 48-63, 1989)
Author(s): A Ashworth
Corporate Author: University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: University of Cambridge
Cambridge, CB3 9DT, England
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The accountability of the courts with respect to the aims and objectives for the Probation Service is discussed.
Abstract: There are two major policies which the Government wishes to see pursued: a general one and a more specific policy for the Probation Service. The general policy, known as the "twin-track" approach, advocates a strong punitive response to very serious crimes, but shorter sentences for less serious offenses. The specific policy for the Probation Service is the operation of schemes which are capable of holding in the community some of the fairly difficult offenders who would otherwise receive immediate custody. The courts are accountable to the law, however, the predominant characteristic of sentencing decisions is discretion, not law. The Government bears responsibility for fashioning a coherent sentencing policy which will put into practice its declared twin-track penal policy. Any attempt to introduce a measure of accountability into judicial sentencing will involve major change. 22 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Foreign probation or parole services
Index Term(s): Accountability; Foreign courts; United Kingdom (UK)
Note: Proceedings of the Clarke Hall Residential Conference held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, in July 1989.
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