Making Sense of Sentencing

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University of Toronto Press, 1999 - Law - 381 pages
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On 3 September 1996, Bill C-41 was proclaimed in force, initiating one significant step in the reform of sentencing and parole in Canada. This is the first book that, in addition to providing an overview of the law, effectively presents a sociological analysis of the legal reforms and their ramifications in this controversial area.

The commissioned essays in this collection cover such crucial issues as options and alternatives in sentencing, patterns revealed by recent statistics, sentencing of minority groups, Bill C-41 and its effects, conditional sentencing, and the structure and relationship between parole and sentencing are clearly presented. An introduction, editorial comments beginning each chapter, and a concluding chapter draw the essays together resulting in a timely, comprehensive and extremely readable work on this critical topic.

Broad in scope and perspective, this major new socio-legal study of the law of sentencing will be illuminating to students, members of the legal profession, and the general reader.

 

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Contents

An Overview of Bill C41 The Sentencing Reform Act
31
Legislating the Purpose and Principles of Sentencing
48
Conditional Sentences
63
Issues and Problems
77
Recent Developments
98
Sentencing Options in Canada
112
Sentencing Trends and Sentencing Disparity
139
Sentencing Mentally 111 Offenders
160
The Role of Victims in the Sentencing Process
217
Appellate Review of Sentencing Decisions
230
Conditional Release from Imprisonment
259
Sentencing and Early Release Arrangements for Offenders Convicted
277
Sentencing Alternatives
295
Federal Sentencing in America
317
Ten Years after the Canadian Sentencing
332
Where Are We Now?
349

Some Critical Issues
173
Punishing Female Offenders and Perpetuating Gender Stereotypes
186
Sentencing Black Offenders in the Ontario Criminal Justice System
200

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JULIAN V. ROBERTS is Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa and editor of the Canadian Journal of Criminology. He previously worked for the Department of Justice Canada and the Canadian Sentencing commission. DAVID P. COLE is a provincial court judge in Scarborough, Ontario and is co-author of Release from Imprisonment: The Law of Sentencing. He was co-chair of the Commission on Systemic Racism in the Ontario Criminal Justice System.

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