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Proportionate Sentencing: Exploring the Principles

Andrew von Hirsch and Andrew Ashworth


The principle that a sentence should be proportionate to the seriousness of the offence remains at the centre of penal practice and scholarly debate. This book explores highly topical aspects of proportionality theory that require examination and further analysis. The book explores the relevance of the principle of proportionality to the sentencing of young offenders, the possible reasons for departing from the principle when sentencing dangerous offenders, and the application of the principle to socially deprived offenders. It examines the claim that the principle tends to be associated with ... More

Keywords: sentence, penal practice, proportionality theory, young offenders, dangerous offenders, socially deprived offenders, penance, proportionate sentencing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199272600
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew von Hirsch, author
Honorary Professor of Penal Theory and Penal Law, University of Cambridge

Andrew Ashworth, author
Vinerian Professor of English Law, University of Oxford
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