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    Sentencing burglary, drug importation and murder: evidence from ten countries

    Heard, Catherine and Jacobson, Jessica (2021) Sentencing burglary, drug importation and murder: evidence from ten countries. Project Report. Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research, London, UK.


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    This report examines the extent and nature of international disparities in custodial sentencing. It is the fourth in a series of research reports produced under the banner of ICPR’s international, comparative project, ‘Understanding and reducing the use of imprisonment in ten countries’, launched in 2017. The ten jurisdictions which are the focus of this research span all five continents: Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, the USA (and more specifically, New York State), India, Thailand, England and Wales, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Australia (more specifically, New South Wales). On the basis of legal and policy analysis and interviews with 70 legal practitioners across the ten jurisdictions, the report outlines the sentencing frameworks and probable sentencing outcomes for three hypothetical offences: a domestic burglary by a man with previous convictions for similar offences; drug importation (400 grams of heroin or cocaine) by a woman from a less developed country; and the intentional homicide, involving a knife, of one young man by another. Each offence presents distinct policy challenges for sentencing law and practice, and each offers lessons for reform aimed at curbing the relentless rise in prisoner numbers seen in much of the world in recent decades.


    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Prisons, sentencing, criminal justice, drugs, burglary, murder
    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: 15 Feb 2021 10:17
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:07


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