oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Sentencing - where to now? A comparative survey of overseas systems



According to Malcolm Davies (1993) there are a number of common themes relating to changes in sentencing policy around the world. He argues that three particular themes stand out: ""...the decline in the faith previously placed in rehabilitative sentencing strategies ... a concern with sentencing disparities and the subsequent attempts to provide guidelines for, and constraints on, sentencers; and ... the restoration of just desert principles whilst at the same time endeavouring to restrict the use of imprisonment on fiscal and penological grounds.


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