skip to content
Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Sentencing: New Trajectories in LawRoutledge has published Sentencing: New Trajectories in Law by Dr Elaine Freer.

This book examines the process and purpose of sentencing in the criminal justice system, beyond the confines of its legalistic aspects.

Sentencing is the process that concludes any criminal trial that ends with the defendant being convicted, and any hearing in which a defendant pleads guilty. Those convicted of crime have been subject to sentencing as the method of imposing a punishment for their offences since the earliest existence of anything we would recognise as a criminal justice system. Yet the rationale behind sentencing, and the process by which it happens, has long been viewed through a traditional lens. In contrast, this book considers not just the process by which a Judge arrives at a numerical sentence of months in custody or the amount of a fine, but the wider meanings and effects of sentencing, as seen through the lens of various ideas of social justice.

The book will appeal to students, academics, and legal practitioners who wish to consider a different perspective on the well-known and well-researched, but often shifting, area of sentencing.

For more information about this book, please refer to the Routledge website. Current University of Cambridge staff and students can access the ebook via iDiscover

For information about other publications by Dr Freer, please refer to her Faculty profile.