|Sentencing: Law, Policy & Prac - JURD7601|
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to examine in detail one of law's most challenging topics. Sentencing has been called a "painful and unrewarding task". Integrating some rigorous analysis of doctrinal sentencing law with a broader interdisciplinary approach, the course will discuss questions such as - what guidance should judges be given in determining sentences? Can or should the punishment fit the crime? Does harsh sentencing deter crime? What can be done about persistent offenders? What should the role of appeal courts be? What, if anything, should public opinion have to do with sentencing? This course begins with a legal analysis of the rules and practice of sentencing and then explores more philosophical and sociological aspects.
Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Recommended Prior Knowledge
The objectives of the course are to:
Arie Freiberg and Karen Gelb (Eds) Penal Populism, Sentencing Councils and Sentencing Policy, Hawkins Press, 2008
Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of session.