Censure and Sanctions

Censure and Sanctions

by Andrew Von Hirsch
     
 

Andrew von Hirsch addresses a number of emerging conceptual questions concerning the proportionality of criminal sentences, an approach that is gaining influence worldwide including in England where the Criminal Justice Act of 1991 made proportionality the primary criterion for determining sentences. This study deals with how the idea of penal censure justifies

Overview

Andrew von Hirsch addresses a number of emerging conceptual questions concerning the proportionality of criminal sentences, an approach that is gaining influence worldwide including in England where the Criminal Justice Act of 1991 made proportionality the primary criterion for determining sentences. This study deals with how the idea of penal censure justifies proportionate sentences, how a penalty scale should be "anchored" in order to reduce overall punishment levels, how non-custodial penalties should be graded and used, and how political pressures impinge on sentencing policies. It offers a coherent and humane way of allocating punishments, appropriate for a society that treats convicted offenders as citizens whose rights and choices should continue to be respected.

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"This principled and humane approach to sentencing is set forth clearly and concisely, as are the views of its critics. A valuable restating and updating of one of the most influential theories of punishment extant, it has both contemporary and lasting significance. Highly recommended."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198257684
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/20/1994
Series:
Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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