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NCJ Number: 122934 Find in a Library
Title: Society's Response to the Violent Offender
Author(s): P N Grabosky; W E Lucas
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 78
Publication Number: ISBN 0-642-14777-9
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This analysis of the issues that criminal justice officials and other decisionmakers in Australia must consider in responding to violent adult offenders concludes that some violent offenders can be rehabilitated and should not be imprisoned, but others pose a real risk to society and should be incarcerated for some time.
Abstract: The discussion considers the decisions to invoke the criminal law in response to violence, the pretrial detention of alleged violent offenders, sentencing options, deterrence and capital punishment, treatment approaches, recidivism, public attitudes, and cost considerations. The principles established by the United Nations are also outlined. The analysis emphasizes that both the interests of justice and the enormous costs of imprisonment point to the need to identify and offer suitable treatment programs to offenders who can be rehabilitated. It is also important to society that acts of violence and perpetrators be strongly denounced. However, imprisonment should be reserved as a last resort, and strategies should pursued to reduce violence through policies related to the family, employment, and education. Tables, illustrations, and 65 references.
Main Term(s): Violent offenders
Index Term(s): Australia; Corrections policies; Sentencing factors
Note: Monograph No. 3
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