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Punishing Persistent Offenders: Exploring Community and Offender Perspectives

Julian V. Roberts


Despite very diverse approaches towards punishing crime, all Western jurisdictions punish repeat offenders more harshly (a practice known as the recidivist sentencing premium). For many repeat offenders, their previous convictions have more impact on the penalty they receive than the seriousness of their current crime. Why do we punish recidivists more harshly? Some sentencing theorists argue that offenders should be punished only for the crimes they commit — not for the crimes committed and paid for in the past. From this perspective, punishing repeat offenders more severely amounts to double ... More

Keywords: repeat offenders, recidivist sentencing premium, sentencing, England, Wales, Canada, United States, convicted offenders, general public, justice system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283897
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283897.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian V. Roberts, author
Professor of Criminology, University of Oxford