What is the Purpose of Punishment

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2015-05-09

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This article seeks to explore the political climate and its relationship with attitudes to punishment and perception of what actually constitutes punishment . It s a comment piece asking for a critical review of sentencing practice- particularly in relation to short sentences for non violent offences. The article suggests that courts need be mindful that when considering a custodial sentence there is a bar of consideration that the offence must be 'so serious' as so warrant a custodial sentence. Given that 84% of women and 71% of men are serving relatively short sentences for non violent offences - this suggests this mindfulness is often absent . 'Short sentences' which are often too short for any offending behaviour work to take place and as a result of which lives are disupted , sometimes irrepairably - raising the question of the purpose of a custodial sentence.- is to rehabilitate or simply to punish.

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sentencing, punishment, serious risk of harm, non custodial sentence, atttitudes to punishment

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Baldwin L. (2015) What is the Purpose of Punishment. Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. 179 (17) pp. 336-337

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Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice