Sentencing and Punishment: The Quest for Justice

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Sentencing and Punishment: The Quest for Justice, Third Edition, provides an accessible account of recent developments in sentencing and punishment from the standpoint of penal theories, policy aims, punishment practice, and human rights.

From philosophical, legal, and practical perspectives, it reviews changing ideas as to what counts as "just" punishment, and provides an integrated discussion of the law and ...

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Overview

Sentencing and Punishment: The Quest for Justice, Third Edition, provides an accessible account of recent developments in sentencing and punishment from the standpoint of penal theories, policy aims, punishment practice, and human rights.

From philosophical, legal, and practical perspectives, it reviews changing ideas as to what counts as "just" punishment, and provides an integrated discussion of the law and legitimacy of the process of calculating and implementing punishment.

FEATURES
* Offers a comprehensive review of sentencing law, penal policy, and penal justification
* Reviews the practice of punishment in general and refers to human rights issues where appropriate
* Provides a detailed account of punishment in custody and the community
* Covers the key themes and topics studied on sentencing and punishment courses, using case studies and discussion questions to encourage students to reinforce their knowledge by relating theory to practice
* Accompanied by a Companion Website (www.oup.com/uk/orc/bin/ 9780199693535), which includes updates on case law, new legislation, and key developments in the field; further reading suggestions for each chapter of the book; and guidance on answering end-of-chapter questions

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Editorial Reviews

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"An informative, authoritative, and lively account of sentencing and punishment—essential reading for anyone interested in the creation and delivery of justice."—Loraine Gelsthorpe, University of Cambridge
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199693535
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Easton is Reader in Law at Brunel Law School, a barrister, and editor of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law. She has previously lectured at the University of Sussex and the University of Sheffield. She has a particular research interest in prisoners' rights and the experience of imprisonment.

Christine Piper is Professor of Law at Brunel Law School, and a member of the editorial board of Child and Family Law Quarterly. Her current research interests include issues in youth justice and the impact of punishment on families.

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Table of Contents

Sentencing Principles and Policies
1. New Penology and New Policies
2. Just Constraints? Sentencing Discretion and Retributivist Principles
3. "Just Deserts": Developments in Retributivist Sentencing
4. Utility and Deterrence
5. Risk and Danger
6. Making Amends
7. Mitigating the Sentence
8. Treating Children Differently
Punishing Offenders
9. Justice in the Modern Prison
10. Equality and Difference in Punishment
11. Experiencing Imprisonment
12. Just Punishment in the Community
13. Punishing Young Offenders
14. Future Directions

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