Just Sentencing: Principles and Procedures for a Workable System (Studies in Penal Theory and Philosophy)

Just Sentencing: Principles and Procedures for a Workable System (Studies in Penal Theory and Philosophy)

By: Richard S. Frase (author)Hardback

1 - 2 weeks availability


What are the most important purposes of punishment, in general and in particular cases? What makes just sentencing? These eternal questions are very difficult to answer because traditional as well as emerging sentencing purposes often conflict. Retributive and non-retributive institutions and intuitions of justice are both deeply-rooted and each equally hard to ignore. There is no generally accepted or well-elaborated theory to guide and evaluate recent or proposed sentencing changes, and most of the major books on sentencing theory are outdated. There is a compelling need for a new sentencing model. In Just Sentencing, Richard Frase describes and defends a hybrid sentencing model that integrates theory and practice-blending and balancing both the competing principles of retribution and rehabilitation and the procedural concern of weighing rules against discretion. Frase lays out a sentencing reform model based on the theory of limiting retributivism. The theory accommodates retributive values-especially the human-rights-based need to limit maximum sanction severity-along with crime-control goals such as deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation, and moral education. It also promotes efficiency and provides sufficient flexibility to incorporate victim and community participation, local values and resource limitations, and restorative justice programs. Frase presents his significantly expanded version of the limiting retributive model and distinguishes it from versions proposed by others. Next, he demonstrates the practical feasibility and widespread support for this approach by showing how it has been successfully implemented in Minnesota, while also identifying the less developed limiting retributive elements found in almost all Western countries. The final part of the book identifies and attempts to resolve the model's most important theoretical and practical challenges, and suggest further improvements. Just Sentencing is the first book in over forty years to present a fully developed punishment theory which incorporates both utilitarian and retributive sentencing purposes.

Create a review

About Author

Richard S. Frase is the Benjamin N. Berger Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Minnesota.


Introduction ; A. Sentencing at the Crossroads: Recent Major Changes in Goals, Procedures, Law, and Practice ; B. The Need for a Model that Accommodates All Major Sentencing Purposes and Limitations ; C. The Current Limiting Retributive Model ; D. Other Hybrid Punishment Theories ; E. The Expanded Limiting-Retributive, State-Guidelines Model [<"the Expanded Model>"] ; F. Organization of Chapters ; Chapter 1 ; The Expanded Limiting-Retributive, State-Guidelines Model ; A. The Expanded Model's Sentencing Principles ; B. The Expanded Model's Sentencing Procedures ; C. Conclusion ; Chapter 2 ; Limiting Retributivism and Other Hybrid Theories ; A. Norval Morris's Hybrid Model ; B. Hybrid Theories Proposed by Other Writers ; C. Conclusion ; Chapter 3 ; Elements of the Expanded Model in Minnesota, Other Sentencing Systems, and Model Codes ; A. Minnesota's Guidelines-based Limiting Retributive System ; B. Other Well-developed State Guidelines Systems ; C. Features of the Expanded Model in Other Guidelines Systems ; D. Limiting Retributive and other Expanded Model Elements in Non-Guidelines Systems ; E. Features of the Expanded Model in Recommended Sentencing Standards and Codes ; F. Conclusion ; Chapter 4 ; The Problem of Enhancements for Prior or Multiple Current Convictions ; A. Prior-record Enhancements ; B. Sentencing of Multiple Current Offenses ; C. Conclusion ; Chapter 5 ; The Problem of Disproportionate Racial Impact ; A. Extent and Causes of Disproportionate Minority Confinement ; B. How Crime and Criminal Justice Cause More Crime, and Perpetuate Social Disadvantage ; C. What to Do? ; D. Conclusion ; Conclusion ; References ; Table of Cases ; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/01/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780199757862
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780199757862
  • weight: 530
  • ISBN10: 0199757860

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly