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June 24, 2008

UK judges not too keen on guideline sentencing

This interesting article from The Guardian, headlined "Judges fight plans for US-style sentencing," spotlights that judges across the pond are not interested in a guideline-sentencing system.  Here are snippets from the article:

Plans for a US-style sentencing "grid" to try to contain prison numbers in England and Wales have been condemned by judges, the Guardian has learned. In their response to the government's proposals, which were trailed in the draft Queen's speech last month, the 652 circuit judges said: "The American dream would result in a nightmare in England and Wales."...

In their strongly-worded response, which has been seen by the Guardian although it has not yet been published, the circuit judges, responsible for most sentences passed in the crown courts, say it would be almost impossible to devise a framework for England and Wales. "It would be a blunt instrument resulting in unfairness and injustice," they add.

The circuit judges say they would see the creation of a sentencing commission as "a thinly disguised attempt by the state ... to ensure that the state achieves the result it desires, avoiding the inconvenient intervention of justice".... The judges also warn that by decreasing their discretion a sentencing grid would impact harshly on some groups of offenders, such as women with young children, who are often treated sympathetically under the current system.

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"The judges also warn that by decreasing their discretion a sentencing grid would impact harshly on some groups of offenders, such as women with young children, who are often treated sympathetically under the current system."

Does someone have any more info on how England discriminates against men and old people?

Posted by: S.cotus | Jun 24, 2008 4:44:46 PM

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