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NCJ Number: 147742 Find in a Library
Title: PRINCIPLES OF SENTENCING VIOLENT OFFENDERS: TOWARDS A MORE STRUCTURED APPROACH (FROM SERIOUS VIOLENT OFFENDERS: SENTENCING, PSYCHIATRY, AND LAW REFORM, 1991, P 97-113, SALLY- ANNE GERULL AND WILLIAM LUCAS, EDS. - SEE NCJ-147734)
Author(s): I Potas
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Monsey, NY 10952
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
P.O. Box 249
Monsey, NY 10952
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The Sentencing Act 1991 of Victoria (Australia) reflects contemporary thinking on the issue of the sentencing of violent offenders.
Abstract: The Act lists several guidelines as the purposes for which sentences may be imposed: to punish the offender in proportion to the circumstances, to deter the offender or other persons, to establish conditions to facilitate the offender's rehabilitation, to denounce a particular type of conduct, or to protect the community. The Act also specifies considerations in respect of which a sentencing court is obliged to have regard, including the maximum penalty prescribed for the offense, current sentencing practice, the offender's degree of responsibility for the offense, the offender's previous character, and any aggravating or mitigating factors. Some authoritative court decisions and philosophical considerations are discussed in detail. The author outlines a more consistent approach to the sentencing of offenders. 5 notes and 20 references
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Corrections; Crime prevention planning; Criminology; Dangerousness; Foreign courts; Indeterminate sentences; Preventive detention; Sentencing guidelines; Victoria; Violent offenders
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