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Sentencing Policy and Social Justice

Ralph Henham


The book argues that the promotion of social justice should become a key objective of sentencing policy. It rejects the idea that current forms of justice delivery can respond adequately to the social realities of social exclusion, discrimination, and poverty and their impact on criminality and victimization. Rather, it argues that a deeper understanding of the moral values that underpin punishment by the state is necessary, one that engages more convincingly with the justice needs and expectations of citizens and communities. It concludes that meaningful normative change is only possible wher ... More

Keywords: sentencing policy, social justice, social morality, social values, penal legitimacy, Sentencing Council

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198718895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198718895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph Henham, author
Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice, Nottingham Trent University