Punishing Persistent Offenders: Exploring Community and Offender Perspectives

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Despite very diverse approaches towards punishing crime, all Western jurisdictions punish repeat offenders more harshly (a practice known as the recidivist sentencing premium) . For many repeat offenders, their previous convictions have more impact on the penalty they receive than the seriousness of their current crime. Why do we punish recidivists more harshly? Some sentencing theorists argue that offenders should be punished only for the crimes they commit - not for the crimes committed and paid for in the past. From this ...

Punishing Persistent Offenders: Exploring Community and Offender Perspectives 2008, Oxford University Press (UK), Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780199283897

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