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Character in the Criminal Trial$
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Mike Redmayne

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228898.001.0001

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Dangerous Characters

Dangerous Characters

(p.249) 12 Dangerous Characters
Character in the Criminal Trial

Mike Redmayne

Oxford University Press

Criminal justice is increasing its emphasis on ‘dangerous’ offenders — typically those thought likely to commit violent and sexual offences — and incapacitating them by giving them extended sentences. This chapter examines some of the dangerousness provisions in English sentencing law and asks whether the role played by character in their application can be justified. The focus is on offenders who are not classified as mentally disordered.

Keywords:   English law, criminal law, criminal behaviour, dangerousness, sentencing law, character evidence

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