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Sentencing and Punishment

The Quest for Justice

Fourth Edition

Susan Easton and Christine Piper

26 May 2016

ISBN: 9780198744825

528 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The only book in this area to offer balanced coverage combined with supportive features to encourage students to engage with key theories and debates.



Guiding students through the key issues in sentencing and punishment, this book presents an overview of the theory, law and practice from penological, policy and legal perspectives, highlighting changing attitudes as to what constitutes 'just' punishment and reviewing modes of punishment in custody and in the community.

  • By providing a comprehensive review of sentencing law, penal policy, and penal justification, this book offers the firm 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 its practical context

New to this edition

  • The fourth edition is fully updated to include recent developments including expanded coverage of Sentencing Council guidelines
  • Two new chapters, 'Instead of punishment?' and 'Impact on victims and offenders' reflect course coverage and recent developments in the field
  • Material on rehabilitation in the community and young offenders has been restructured and reworked to provide comprehensive and up-to-date coverage
  • More discussion of the impact of human rights jurisprudence is included in chapters eight and eleven

About the Author(s)

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

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

Christine Piper is an Emeritus Professor 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 criminal law relating to child neglect.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Sentencing Principles, Policies, and Issues
    1:Developing penal policy
    2:Structuring sentencing
    3:Calculating 'just deserts'
    4:Utility and deterrence
    5:Risk and danger
    6:Instead of punishment?
    7:Impact on victims and offenders
    Part II: Punishment: Law, Policy, and Practice
    8:Justice in the modern prison
    9:Experiencing imprisonment
    10:Punishment and rehabilitation in the community
    11:Young offenders and court options


This is possibly one of the best books I have ever read on sentencing. The thorough and systematic approach taken throughout the text makes it suitable for undergraduates and postgraduates. The style is approachable but substantive and the content offers a different, more balanced, view from many other texts on sentencing. - Natacha Harding, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Winchester

Sentencing and Punishment is a really sound academic text: it has excellent coverage of different areas and probing analysis of issues which students can engage with as they progress through their studies. - Dr Jill Annison, Plymouth University

An excellent consideration of sentencing policy with reference to theory and research, bringing together criminological debates, sentencing policy and examples to contextualise issues. - Dr Jennifer Sloan, Sheffield Hallam University

Additional Resources

The book is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre featuring:
- Regular updates on case law, new legislation and key developments
- Guidance on answering end of chapter questions
- Web links to further reading suggestions for each chapter of the book
- An online version of the textbook glossary

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