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NCJ Number: 201337 Find in a Library
Title: New Approach to Sentencing
Journal: Judicial Officers' Bulletin  Volume:15  Issue:3  Dated:April 2003  Pages:17-21,24
Author(s): Lord Woolf
Date Published: April 2003
Page Count: 6
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This bulletin examines the current situation of the United Kingdom’s sentencing policies, its impact on the corrections system and its failure to deliver in protecting the public and the need to establish a new approach in sentencing with an emphasis on crime prevention, as well as community punishment, restorative justice and rehabilitation.
Abstract: Recent reports have described the sentencing policies in England and Wales as ineffective, thereby not delivering the primary role of the criminal justice system, the protection of the public. In this bulletin, the author acknowledges that the United Kingdom has attached too great an importance to punishment or imprisonment and paid insufficient attention to the other objectives, deterrence and rehabilitation. Instead of seeking to reduce the number of victims, there is an obsession with satisfying the public’s and individual victim’s desire for vengeance. The author recommends a new approach which involves recognizing what should be the order of priorities when sentencing and placing a greater emphasis on the prevention of crime and a greater priority given to the police and probation services. A greater emphasis is suggested on community punishment, restorative justice, and rehabilitation. These recommendations led to the establishment of a new Sentencing Guidelines Council to create a new code of sentencing guidelines. In addition, the ideas of utilizing a holistic approach (involving families of potential repeat offenders), changing the emphasis from long prison sentences to meaningful and effective alternatives, confiscating the proceeds of crime, establishing problem-solving courts, and reexamining mandatory sentencing are reviewed.
Main Term(s): Sentencing/Sanctions
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Court reform; Deterrence; England; Punishment; Rehabilitation; Sentence effectiveness; Sentencing guidelines; Sentencing recommendations; Sentencing reform; United Kingdom (UK); Wales
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