Understanding the growth in the prison population in England and Wales

Millie, Andrew, Jacobson, Jessica and Hough, Mike (2003) Understanding the growth in the prison population in England and Wales. Criminal Justice, 3 (4). pp. 369-387. ISSN 1748-8958 DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/146680250334003

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Abstract

This study examines why the prison population in England and Wales has been rising steeply and progressively at a time when crime rates and court workloads have been falling. It concludes that while many factors are at work, the key drivers of the rise are sentencers’ increased readiness to pass custodial sentences, and when they do so, to pass longer sentences. The changes are a result of an increasingly punitive climate of opinion about crime and punishment, and inter-related changes to legislation, sentencing guidance and guideline judgments.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Law and Criminology
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2012 08:19
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/4356

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