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    Understanding the growth in the prison population in England and Wales

    Millie, A. and Jacobson, Jessica and Hough, Mike (2003) Understanding the growth in the prison population in England and Wales. Criminology and Criminal Justice 3 (4), pp. 369-387. ISSN 1748-8958.

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    This study examines why the prison population in England and Wales has been rising steeply and progressively at a time when crime rates and court workloads have been falling. It concludes that while many factors are at work, the key drivers of the rise are sentencers’ increased readiness to pass custodial sentences, and when they do so, to pass longer sentences. The changes are a result of an increasingly punitive climate of opinion about crime and punishment, and inter-related changes to legislation, sentencing guidance and guideline judgments.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): prisons, sentencing
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Jessica Jacobson
    Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2018 13:48
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:41


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