The Conclusion starts by summarizing the book's main arguments and analysis. The notion of ‘character’ in law is controversial and raises many difficult theoretical and empirical questions, some of which this book has attempted to answer. The text has looked in detail at the use of the defendant's character in evidence law and sentencing. It has also considered character theories of criminal liability. Finally, the Conclusion looks at the importance of the trend of a greater reliance on character in the criminal trial. While the book has been critical of policies which augment sentences for recidivists, it has argued that the increased use of bad character evidence in the guilt-determination stage of the trial is defensible.
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