Punishing Persistent Offenders: Exploring Community and Offender Perspectives

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Exploring Community and Offender Perspectives

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ISBN
9780199283897
Author
Julian V. Roberts
Published by
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
14 February 2008
Format
Hardback
Extent
304 pages
Dimensions
138 x 216 mm
Series
Clarendon Studies in Criminology

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 punishment. Having been punished once for an offence, the recidivist will pay for the crime again every time he re-offends. Is this fair?

Punishing Persistent Offenders explores the nature and consequences of the recidivist sentencing premium on both the theoretical and empirical levels. It begins by exploring the justifications for treating repeat offenders more harshly, and then provides examples of the practice from a number of jurisdictions including England and Wales, Canada, and the United States. Particular attention is paid to the views of two important groups: convicted offenders and the general public. If offenders believe that the recidivist sentencing premium is unjustified, they are less likely to accept the legitimacy of the justice system. As for members of the public, it is important to know whether this key element of the sentencing process is consistent with community views. 
  1. Paying for the Past: The Recidivist Premium
  2. Reductivist Sentencing Perspectives and the role of previous convictions
  3. Retributive Approaches to Previous Convictions
  4. The Enhanced Culpability Model
  5. Role of Previous Convictions: Representative Sentencing Frameworks
  6. The view from the dock: Perceptions of sentenced officers
  7. Sentenced Individuals Reactions to the Recidivist Sentencing Premium
  8. The Individuals’ Reactions to the Recidivist Sentencing Premium
  9. The Intuitive Sentencer: Public Attitudes to Prior Offending
  10. Explaining Public Attitudes: The Intuitive Sentencer and the Intuitive Psychologist
  11. Appendices


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