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Sentencing and Punishment

The Quest for Justice

Third Edition

Susan Easton and Christine Piper

Publication Date - July 2012

ISBN: 9780199693535

528 pages
9.7 x 6.7 inches

Retail Price to Students: $49.95

An accessible account of recent developments in sentencing and punishment from the standpoint of penal theories, policy aims, punishment practice, and human rights


Sentencing and Punishment: The Quest for Justice, Third Edition, provides an accessible account of recent developments in sentencing and punishment from the standpoint of penal theories, policy aims, punishment practice, and human rights.

From philosophical, legal, and practical perspectives, it reviews changing ideas as to what counts as "just" punishment, and provides an integrated discussion of the law and legitimacy of the process of calculating and implementing punishment.

* Offers a comprehensive review of sentencing law, penal policy, and penal justification
* Reviews the practice of punishment in general and refers to human rights issues where appropriate
* Provides a detailed account of punishment in custody and the community
* Covers the key themes and topics studied on sentencing and punishment courses, using case studies and discussion questions to encourage students to reinforce their knowledge by relating theory to practice
* Accompanied by a Companion Website (www.oup.com/uk/orc/bin/ 9780199693535), which includes updates on case law, new legislation, and key developments in the field; further reading suggestions for each chapter of the book; and guidance on answering end-of-chapter questions

New to this Edition

  • Takes account of the impact of the relevant sentencing provisions of the Coroners and Justice Act and Criminal Justice and Immigration Act
  • Includes more discussion of prisoners' human rights, especially their voting rights
  • More focus on the rights and safeguarding of children and young people
  • Includes more material on contestability and payment by results in relation to community programs
  • Presents recent and proposed changes in relation to sentencing "dangerous" offenders
  • Discusses the implications of changes in equality law for the experience of imprisonment

About the Author(s)

Susan Easton is Reader in Law at Brunel Law School, a barrister, and editor of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law. She has previously lectured at the University of Sussex and the University of Sheffield. She has a particular research interest in prisoners' rights and the experience of imprisonment.

Christine Piper is Professor of Law at Brunel Law School, and a member of the editorial board of Child and Family Law Quarterly. Her current research interests include issues in youth justice and the impact of punishment on families.

Previous Publication Date(s)

August 2008
April 2005


"An informative, authoritative, and lively account of sentencing and punishment--essential reading for anyone interested in the creation and delivery of justice."--Loraine Gelsthorpe, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

    Sentencing Principles and Policies
    1. New Penology and New Policies
    2. Just Constraints? Sentencing Discretion and Retributivist Principles
    3. "Just Deserts": Developments in Retributivist Sentencing
    4. Utility and Deterrence
    5. Risk and Danger
    6. Making Amends
    7. Mitigating the Sentence
    8. Treating Children Differently
    Punishing Offenders
    9. Justice in the Modern Prison
    10. Equality and Difference in Punishment
    11. Experiencing Imprisonment
    12. Just Punishment in the Community
    13. Punishing Young Offenders
    14. Future Directions