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The Framework of Judicial Sentencing
A Study in Legal Decision Making

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521032568

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  • Austin Lovegrove examines the thinking of judges as they sentence multiple offenders, and identifies the strategies judges have developed to help them apply sentencing law in individual cases, based on their responses when asked to "think aloud" while undertaking sentencing problems. Giving increased specificity to legal analyses of the sentencing process, Dr. Lovegrove enables the appropriateness of the judicial approach to be evaluated, and offers a basis for rule-based and numerical guidelines by making what is currently a largely intuitive process more deliberative.

    • Provides analysis of multiple-offender sentencing: highly topical in light of current and proposed judicial reforms
    • Combines cognitive decision-making model with qualitative analysis of judges' deliberative processes when sentencing
    • Offers a solution to the problem of maintaining proportionality between offence seriousness and punishment severity for multiple offenders
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    "...the book is valuable...." R. Barry Ruback, International Criminal Justice Review

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521032568
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 225 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.438kg
    • contains: 27 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    1. Judicial decision making and sentencing policy: continuation of a study
    2. A sentencing decision model: single and multiple similar counts
    3. A sentencing decision model: multiple disparate counts
    4. Testing the decision model for multiple disparate counts
    5. The techniques of data collection
    6. Judges' thoughts on sentencing the multiple offender
    7. An alternative sentencing decision model for the multiple offender
    8. Validity and development of the alternative decision model: the data collection
    9. Towards a requisite decision model for sentencing the multiple offender
    10. The armature of judicial sentencing
    Appendix: Case 37 from Sentencing Research Exercise - Part 3B

  • Author

    Austin Lovegrove, University of Melbourne

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