An opinion on reform changes with respect to the principles and purposes of sentencing: J22-30/2017E-PDF

“The opinion paper provides some recommended changes. Principles of denunciation and deterrence are important within sentencing; however, I have outlined some of the challenges and have questioned whether these two principles fulfill the goal they are meant to achieve. Overall, I concluded they should remain as is. Next I reviewed the principle of rehabilitation. I suggested broadening the scope of the sentencing principles to include reform changes in the Criminal Code with respect to people with mental disabilities and cognitive impairments. Lastly, rehabilitation and proportionality were discussed with the several listed challenges to mandatory minimum sentences I have questioned the effectiveness of mandatory minimums and suggests they are far too restrictive, detrimental and have limited the discretion of judges and lawyers”--Introd., p. 4.

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Title An opinion on reform changes with respect to the principles and purposes of sentencing
Publication Type Monograph
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
Format Electronic
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Note Issued also in French under title: Une opinion sur la réforme des principes et de l’objectif du prononcé des peines. Cover title. "October 2016.”
Date 2016, c2017.
Number of Pages 14 p.
ISBN 978-0-660-08014-7
Catalogue Number
  • J22-30/2017E-PDF
Subject Terms Criminal justice, Court decisions, Reform