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NCJ Number: 166957 Find in a Library
Title: Swedish Sentencing Reform (From Politics of Sentencing Reform, P 95-123, 1995, Chris Clarkson and Rod Morgan, eds. -- See NCJ-166953)
Author(s): N Jareborg
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: Oxford University Press
Oxford OX2 6DP, United Kingdom
Sale Source: Oxford University Press
Walton Street
Oxford OX2 6DP,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Sweden's new sentencing law does not represent a significant change in the distribution of sanctions but does embrace preventive aims, appropriate sanctions, and measured punishment.
Abstract: Work on reforming the sentencing system in Sweden began in the mid-1970's. An initial report advocated less emphasis on incarceration, repression, and indeterminate sentencing and more emphasis on the use of fines and other alternative sanctions. In the early 1980's, work began on comprehensive sentencing reform and revisions to penalty scales for crimes identified in the Criminal Code. In 1988, legislation was introduced to add two new chapters to the Criminal Code: (1) measurement of punishment and remission of sanctions; and (2) choice of sanctions. Penalty scales were formulated based on the idea of penal value, a concept related to harm and offense seriousness. Sentencing reform in Sweden is generally based on uniformity in sentencing, equity mitigation in choosing between imprisonment and alternatives to imprisonment, and aggravating and mitigating circumstances affecting the sentencing process. Data on sentencing patterns in Sweden are provided. 25 footnotes and 4 tables
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Corrections in foreign countries; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign laws; Foreign policies; Foreign sentencing; Sentencing disparity; Sentencing reform; Sentencing statistics; Sweden
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