A policy of mandatory sentencing for dangerous offenders: lessons from England and Wales

Gavin, P (2012) 'A policy of mandatory sentencing for dangerous offenders: lessons from England and Wales.' CRIMSOC: The Journal of Social Criminology, 1 (1). pp. 1-5.

Abstract

In January 2012 the Law Reform Commission published its consultation paper on mandatory sentencing, recommending that current minimum sentence law for drugs offences be reviewed because it has led to a bulge in the prison population without affecting those at the top of the drugs industry. This paper is based on a presentation given at the 7th North South Irish Criminology Conference in 2011 and it provides a view from England and Wales, where mandatory sentencing provisions have been in place for dangerous offenders since the 1990’s, but specifically since the passing of the Criminal Justice Act (2003). It examines the definitions of dangerous and dangerousness and argues that any sentencing policy based on the notion of dangerousness is rooted in moral and criminological ambiguity. Although the Law Reform Commissions consultation does not examine the topic of dangerous offenders in depth, this paper may provide a useful guide if any such examination is undertaken in an Irish context in the future.

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