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NCJ Number: 157603 Find in a Library
Title: Alcohol as a Sentencing Factor: A Survey of Attitudes of Judicial Officers
Author(s): I Potas; D Spears
Corporate Author: Judicial Cmssn of New South Wales
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 80
Sponsoring Agency: Judicial Cmssn of New South Wales
Sydney NSW, 2000
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7310-3684-0
Sale Source: Judicial Cmssn of New South Wales
Level 5
301 George Street
Sydney NSW,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report contains results of a survey of judicial officers in New South Wales, intended to examine how intoxication at the time of offense affects the sentencing of offenders.
Abstract: The first section explores some general issues related to alcohol and sentencing, including the relationship between alcohol and crime, the question of criminal responsibility, alcohol and driving, and the specific health and criminal justice problems posed by alcohol to aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The survey consisted of three scenarios, a serious assault arising from a barroom brawl, a serious domestic violence incident, and an armed robbery, each of which involved intoxicated offenders. Responses from judicial officers showed that they considered intoxication as either a neutral or slightly mitigating factor. However, the extent of this response depended on the facts and circumstances portrayed in each case. 2 figures, 1 table, 31 notes, and 4 appendixes
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Alcohol-Related Offenses; Foreign courts; New South Wales; Sentencing factors
Note: Monograph Series No. 8, July 1994.
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