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Warner, Kate, Spiranovic, C ORCID: 0000-0002-5270-8719, Freiberg, A and Davis, J 2018 , 'Mandatory sentencing? Use [with] discretion' , Alternative Law Journal, vol. 43, no. 4 , pp. 289-294 , doi: 10.1177/1037969X18793967.

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Abstract

When asked about sentencing discretion and mandatory sentences, jurors participating in the Victorian Jury Sentencing Study expressed strong support for sentencing discretion and weak support for mandatory sentences despite a belief by jurors that, in general, sentences are too lenient. This strengthens the argument that polls that pose a general question about mandatory sentences or sentencing severity divorced from the context of a specific case are an inadequate and misleading measure of public opinion.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Warner, Kate and Spiranovic, C and Freiberg, A and Davis, J
Keywords: mandatory sentencing, discretion, views of jurors
Journal or Publication Title: Alternative Law Journal
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1037-969X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1037969X18793967
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