Sentenced Individuals' Reactions to the Recidivist Sentencing Premium
This chapter turns to the critical question of the practice of imposing harsher sentences on recidivists. It describes participants' general reaction to the concept of harsher sentencing for repeat offenders and summarises the sentences that they favoured in response to specific case scenarios. As will be seen, there was widespread acceptance of the recidivist sentencing premium, although many individuals took exception to the way in which the premium was imposed, and held the view that insufficient consideration had been given to their efforts to desist from offending. This chapter also considers repetition as a justification for greater intervention, dimensions of criminal record, scepticism about deterrent value of a recidivist sentencing premium, attitudes to the use of custody as a sanction, and excessive focus of the court on the crime.
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