LLB Criminal Justice II

Student listening in a lectureModule leader: Kate Gooch

Module description:

This module explores the social, political, theoretical and legal issues raised in the sentencing and punishment of offenders. Specifically, it examines in detail the imprisonment of offenders. It is concerned with the State’s power to punish and how that power is manifested in the use of imprisonment and the creation of the prison ‘experience’. It will also consider the management of offenders in the community in a ‘risk based’ and public protection context. Where appropriate, reference is made to comparative approaches and disposals in other jurisdictions. Also, it evaluates recent trends in imprisonment and how penal policy has stimulated a particular punitive approach to imprisonment. Topics include:

  • The Functions of Sentencing
  • Community Sanctions and Disposals
  • The Penal Landscape
  • The history of Imprisonment
  • The Aims of Imprisonment: Explaining and Evaluating the Use of Imprisonment
  • Trends in Penal Practice: Prison Privatisation, Hyper-Incarceration and the Rise of ‘Supermax’
  • 'Dangerousness’ and Public Protection Measures
  • Doing Time: The Experience of Imprisonment
  • Imprisonment
  • Imprisonment of Young Offenders
  • Women Prisoners and Imprisonment
  • Early Release Mechanisms, Parole and Community Supervision 
  • Life Imprisonment and Life without Parole



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