Julian Roberts

Criminal Justice: An Examination is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Julian Roberts, Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford. Julian Roberts is an international expert on sentencing throughout the common-law world and is strongly involved in connecting scholars with practitioners as well as promoting greater public understanding of sentencing. This thought-provoking conversation covers a wide range of topics related to criminal justice, including plea bargaining, the involvement of victims in criminal sentencing procedures, victim impact statements, parole, sentencing multiple and repeat crimes, community-based sentencing, alternate dispute resolution, rehabilitation, and more.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Copping a Plea, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Sentencing and Deterrence – Considerable ambiguity
  2. Plea Bargaining –  Reasonable or worrying?
  3. Involving the Victim – An additional perspective
  4. Punishment – Parole, prisons and philosophy
  5. Comparing and Contrasting – Best and worst practices
  6. Towards the Future – Progress?





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