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Title: Making an example of rioters
Authors: Easton, S
Keywords: Riots;Riot-related offences;Political pressure;Harsh sentences;Criminal Justice Act 2003;Offenders
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Open University Press
Citation: OUP Blog website, 25 Aug 2011
Abstract: In the wake of the recent riots, much attention has been given to the causes of the riots but an issue now at the forefront of press and public concern is the level of punishment being meted out to those convicted of riot-related offences. Reports of first offenders being convicted and imprisoned for thefts of items of small value have raised questions about the purposes of sentencing, the problems of giving exemplary sentences and of inconsistency, as well as the issue of political pressure on sentencers. The government has been emphasising the need for harsh punishment for riot-related offences and this has been reflected in some very severe sentences for offenders with no previous convictions, including young offenders, and where offenders have pleaded guilty.
Description: This article appeared on the OUP Blog Website on 25 August 2011. The final version can be accessed at the link below.
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Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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