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Sentencing and Punishment


Fifth Edition

Susan Easton and Christine Piper

22 December 2022

ISBN: 9780192863300

592 pages

In Stock

Price: £44.95

The essential guide for students of sentencing and punishment.


Fully reworked, restructured, and updated, and incorporating changes following the 2019 general election; this fifth edition is the essential guide for anyone studying sentencing and punishment as part of a law or criminology course.

  • By providing a comprehensive review of sentencing law, penal policy, and penal justification, this book offers the strong foundation of knowledge which students need to firmly grasp the subject
  • Each chapter features case studies and problem questions so that students can apply their knowledge and place the law and penal theory into a practical context

New to this edition

  • The fifth edition is fully updated to include recent developments including the Sentencing Act 2020 and other major policy developments and proposals
  • Features the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic on the courts, on life in prison, and on offenders in Young Offender Institutions
  • Includes additional material on the impact of the Equality Act 2010, including the impact of imprisonment on mothers, as well as further discussion on racial disparity and the criminal justice system in the UK and US

About the Author(s)

Susan Easton, Emeritus Professor of Law, Brunel University London, and Christine Piper, Emeritus Professor, Brunel University London

Susan Easton is Emeritus Professor of Law at Brunel Law School, a barrister, and founding editor of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law. She has previously lectured at both the University of Sussex and the University of Sheffield, as well as tutoring in UK prisons. She has a particular research interest in prisoners' rights and the experience of imprisonment.

Christine Piper is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Emeritus Professor of Law at Brunel Law School, and a member of the editorial board of Child and Family Law Quarterly. She has taught in secondary schools in both Nigeria and the UK and is interested in youth justice and sentencing and child and family law.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Sentencing Principles, Policies and Problems
    1:Developing penal policy
    2:Structuring sentencing
    3:Determining 'just deserts'
    4:Utility and deterrence
    5:Risk and danger
    6:Instead of punishment? Restorative justice, child welfare, and medical treatment
    7:Impact on victims and offenders
    Part II: Punishing Offenders
    8:Justice in the modern prison
    9:Experiencing imprisonment
    10:Punishment and rehabilitation in the community
    11:Court orders for young offenders
    12:Concluding remarks

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