Exploring the Mandatory Life Sentence for Murder by Barry Mitchell,Julian Roberts

By Barry Mitchell,Julian Roberts

homicide is frequently considered as either the 'ultimate' and a different crime, and while courts are generally given discretion in sentencing offenders, for homicide the sentence is obligatory – indeterminate imprisonment. because the crime and the punishment come as a 'package deal' this booklet appears at either the felony nature of the offence and on the present operation of the necessary lifestyles sentence. not just does the booklet undertake a serious technique, via assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the established order, it additionally attracts upon comparative fabric from either universal and civil legislations jurisdictions in an try and supply a accomplished exploration of those concerns. the necessity for public self belief within the felony justice approach is especially acute within the manner it offers with the main critical homicides. during this ebook the authors file findings from the 1st systematic exploration of public attitudes to sentencing homicide during this or the other universal legislations jurisdiction. the image of public opinion rising from this contemporary large-scale national qualitative and quantitative survey, funded by means of the Nuffield origin, is probably going to shock many, and may be of curiosity to all jurisdictions the place the required existence sentence for homicide has been questioned.

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