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NCJ Number: 166953 Find in a Library
Title: Politics of Sentencing Reform
Editor(s): C Clarkson; R Morgan
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 289
Sponsoring Agency: Oxford University Press
Oxford OX2 6DP, United Kingdom
Publication Number: ISBN 0-19-825872-0
Sale Source: Oxford University Press
Walton Street
Oxford OX2 6DP,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Sentencing practices and reform have recently assumed a high political profile in many jurisdictions, and case studies indicate changing sentencing policies represent a highly political process in which options are judged to be acceptable in terms of both presentational and substantive characteristics.
Abstract: Changing public attitudes about the relative seriousness of different offenses, evidence of inconsistent sentencing practices among judges, increasing governmental concerns about escalating costs of criminal justice, and support for a return to more traditional conceptions of criminal justice in the wake of loss of faith in individualistic rehabilitative responses to offending have all given sharper focus to the sentencing reform agenda. Case studies of sentencing reform initiatives in the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden, England, and Wales illustrate the impetus for and dynamics of sentencing changes. The focus is on the politics of punishment and sentencing, proportionality and parsimony in sentencing guidelines, and sentencing reform across national boundaries. Tables, figures, and footnotes
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Australia; Canada; Corrections in foreign countries; England; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign policies; Foreign sentencing; Political influences; Sentencing guidelines; Sentencing reform; Sweden; United States of America; US/foreign comparisons; Wales
Note: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice
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