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Censure and Sanctions

Andrew von Hirsch


A number of jurisdictions, including England and Wales after their adoption of the 1991 Criminal Justice Act, require that sentences be ‘proportionate’ to the severity of the crime. This book discusses how sentences may be scaled proportionately to the gravity of the crime. Topics dealt with include how the idea of a penal censure justifies proportionate sentences; how a penalty scale should be ‘anchored’ to reduce overall punishment levels; how non-custodial penalties should be graded and used; and how political pressures impinge on sentencing policies.

Keywords: Criminal Justice Act, crime, proportionate sentences, penal censure, punishment, non-custodial penalties, sentencing, England, Wales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198262411
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262411.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew von Hirsch, author