Sentencing and Criminal Justice

Sentencing and Criminal Justice

Paperback Law in Context

By (author) Andrew Ashworth

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  • Format: Paperback | 504 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 251mm x 30mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521748755
  • ISBN 13: 9780521748759
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 401,343

Product description

Andrew Ashworth expertly examines the key issues in English sentencing policy and practice including the mechanisms for producing sentencing guidelines. He considers the most high-profile stages in the criminal justice process such as the Court of Appeal's approach to the custody threshold, the framework for the sentencing of young offenders and the abiding problems of previous convictions in sentencing. Taking into account the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 and the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, the book's inter-disciplinary approach places the legislation and guidelines on sentencing in the context of criminological research, statistical trends and theories of punishment. By examining the law in relation to elements of the wider criminal justice system, including the prison and probation services, students gain a rounded perspective on the relevant principles and problems of sentencing and criminal justice.

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Author information

Andrew Ashworth is Vinerian Professor of English Law in the University of Oxford. He was a Member of the Sentencing Advisory Panel from 1999 to 2009, and chairman from 2007 to 2009.

Review quote

"As expected of Professor Andrew Ashworth, the fifth edition of this undergraduate and postgraduate textbook is well written, up-to-date and contains much grist for the mill.'" - The Criminal Lawyer

Table of contents

1. An introduction to English sentencing; 2. Sentencing and the constitution; 3. Sentencing aims, principles and policies; 4. Elements of proportionality; 5. Aggravation and mitigation; 6. Persistence, prevention and prediction; 7. Equality before the law; 8. Multiple offenders; 9. Custodial sentencing; 10. Non-custodial sentencing; 11. Procedural issues and ancillary orders; 12. Special sentencing powers; 13. Conclusions.