skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 158661 Find in a Library
Title: Sentencing Decision and Non-Custodial Penalties (From Criminal Justice, P 234-267, 1995, Steve Uglow -- See NCJ-158654)
Author(s): S Uglow
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Sweet and Maxwell
London, NW3 3PF, England
Sale Source: Sweet and Maxwell
Marketing Director
100 Ave. Road
London, NW3 3PF,
United Kingdom
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Following a review of the objectives of sentencing by British courts, this chapter provides an overview of the various sentencing options.
Abstract: Sentencing objectives discussed include incapacitation and the protection of society, offender rehabilitation, deterrence, and punishment and just deserts. A section that identifies the sentencers notes that they consist of approximately 1,400 circuit and High Court judges and more than 30,000 magistrates. On conviction or a guilty plea, they exercise a wide discretion. An examination of information provided sentencers encompasses the presentence reports. A discussion of the development of the sentencing framework in Great Britain focuses on the objectives of the 1991 Criminal Justice Act, which bases sentencing on offense seriousness and just deserts for the offender. This implies a range of sentences appropriate for varying degrees of offense seriousness. This has led to a new sentencing framework that must be followed by the court. Categories of sentencing are custodial sentences; community sentence; fines; and discharges, binding- over orders, or other disposals. These sentence categories are profiled, along with deferment of sentence and compensation (restitution) orders. 3 tables and 13 footnotes
Main Term(s): Foreign sentencing
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community service order; Deterrence; Fines; Probation; Restitution; Sentencing/Sanctions
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.