Deserved Criminal Sentences
This book provides an accessible and systematic restatement of the desert model for criminal sentencing, by one of the model's leading academic exponents. The desert model emphasises the degree of seriousness of the offender's crime in deciding the severity of his punishment. It has become increasingly influential in recent penal practice and scholarly debate. The book explains why sentences should be based principally on crime-seriousness. It addresses, among other topics, how a desert-based penalty scheme can be constructed; how to gauge punishments' seriousness and penalties' severity; what weight should be given to an offender's previous convictions; how non-custodial sentences should be scaled; and what leeway there might be for taking other factors into account, such as an offender's need for treatment. It will be of interest to all those working in penal theory, and criminal law more generally.
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