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Mind the Step: A More Insightful and Robust Analysis of the Sentencing Process in England and Wales under the New Sentencing Guidelines

Pina-Sánchez, Jose, Brunton-Smith, Ian and Li, Guangquan (2018) Mind the Step: A More Insightful and Robust Analysis of the Sentencing Process in England and Wales under the New Sentencing Guidelines Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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Abstract

The ‘England and Wales Sentencing Guidelines’ aim to promote consistency by organising the sentencing process as a sequence of steps, with initial judicial assessments subsequently adjusted to reflect relevant case characteristics. Yet, existing evaluations of the guidelines have failed to incorporate this structure adequately, instead concentrating solely on sentence outcomes. We use multivariate multilevel models to offer new insights into the decisions made throughout the sentencing process. Focusing on cases of assault sentenced at the Crown Court we show that the level of compliance with the guidelines is high. However, we also show that some case characteristics are being unduly considered at more than one stage of the sentencing process, meaning existing studies may be underestimating their true influence.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Pina-Sánchez, Jose
Brunton-Smith, IanI.R.Brunton-Smith@surrey.ac.uk
Li, Guangquan
Date : 9 November 2018
DOI : 10.1177/1748895818811891
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2018 SAGE Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords : Sentencing guidelines, multivariate multilevel modelling, mediating effects, compliance, consistency, Crown Court.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 12 Oct 2018 13:43
Last Modified : 12 Dec 2018 16:57
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849658

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