Evaluating the Pluses and Minuses of Custody: Sentencing Reform in England and Wales

19 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2003

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Julian V. Roberts

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology

Abstract

This article explores three sanctions contained in the 2002 Criminal Justice Bill which follows upon the 2002 white paper Justice for All. The Bill creates a Sentencing Guidelines Council to develop sentencing guidelines, and defines three dispositions applicable to sentences of imprisonment under twelve months: 'Custody Plus', the suspended sentence of imprisonment, and the intermittent sentence of imprisonment. These reforms constitute a significant step for the sentencing process in England and Wales, and are in part a response to the 2001 Halliday Report. The changes (among others) may well have an important impact on the prison population in England and Wales, which in October 2002 reached a record level. Since the suspended sentence of imprisonment bears close resemblance to the conditional sentence of imprisonment introduced in Canada in 1996, the article makes comparisons between the two sanctions.

Suggested Citation

Roberts, Julian V., Evaluating the Pluses and Minuses of Custody: Sentencing Reform in England and Wales. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=416363

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