England riots: how do judges go about sentencing young offenders? – The Guardian

Posted August 18th, 2011 in detention, news, sentencing, violent disorder, young offenders by sally

“It is axiomatic that judicial discretion is at the heart of a humane criminal justice system but unbridled discretion can lead to discrimination, injustice and disproportionality – as we are learning. But, sentencing offenders, particularly juveniles, is a demanding and complex business. It is beset with the conflicting aims and ideals of the system itself, let alone the variety and nature of the offences and offenders. As criticism grows of some sentences imposed on convicted rioters, it is useful to examine how judges arrive at their decisions.”

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The Guardian, 17th August 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk