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Adventures in risk: Predicting Violent and Sexual Recidivism in Sentencing Law

Hamilton, Melissa (2015) Adventures in risk: Predicting Violent and Sexual Recidivism in Sentencing Law Arizona State Law Journal, 47 (1). pp. 1-62.

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A new arena inviting collaboration between the law and sciences has emerged in criminal justice. The nation’s economic struggles and its record-breaking rate of incarceration have encouraged policymakers to embrace a new penology which seeks to simultaneously curb prison populations, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety. The new penology draws upon the behavioral sciences for techniques to identify and classify individuals based on their potential future risk and for current best evidence to inform decisions on how to manage offender populations accordingly. Empirically driven practices have been utilized in many criminal justice contexts for years, yet have historically remained “a largely untapped resource” in sentencing decisions. One reason is that sentencing law in America has for some time been largely driven by retributive theories.The new penology clearly incorporates utilitarian goals and welcomes an interdisciplinary approach to meet them.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
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Date : 2015
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2015 The Author. First published by Arizona State Law Journal, Volume 47, Issue 1. Spring 2015.
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Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 20 Sep 2017 08:00
Last Modified : 14 Jun 2018 13:33

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