Essex lorry deaths: Sentencing 39 counts of manslaughter

January 22, 2021
Ronan Hughes, Gheorghe Nica, Maurice Robinson and Eamonn Harrison were today sentenced for 39 counts of unlawful act manslaughter. All four offenders were involved with people smuggling operations whereby migrants were

Sentencing Academy response to the Sentencing Council’s modern slavery offences consultation

January 8, 2021
The Sentencing Academy has submitted a response to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on a guideline for modern slavery offences (https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Modern-slavery-consultation-web.pdf). Our

The Effectiveness of Sentencing Options: A review of key research findings

January 6, 2021
The Sentencing Academy has published a new report by Dr Melissa Hamilton (Reader in Law and Criminal Justice, School of Law, University of Surrey) examining the research findings on the

Sentence Reductions for Guilty Pleas: A review of policy, practice and research

December 15, 2020
The Sentencing Academy has published a new report, Sentence Reductions for Guilty Pleas: A review of policy, practice and research by Jay Gormley, Julian V. Roberts, Jonathan Bild and Lyndon

Whole Life Orders: Attorney General’s Reference (R. v McCann); Attorney General’s Reference (R. v Sinaga)

December 11, 2020
What is a Whole Life Order? When imposing a life sentence (which is mandatory on conviction for murder but discretionary for other certain serious offences, like manslaughter and rape) a

Victim Personal Statements and Sentencing: A review of policy, operation and research

November 23, 2020
The Sentencing Academy has published a review of the operation of Victim Personal Statements in England and Wales by Elspeth Windsor and Julian V. Roberts. Read the full report here:

A Smarter Approach to Sentencing? – The Sentencing White Paper

October 30, 2020
On 21 October, the Sentencing Academy hosted an online event, in conjunction with the UCL Centre for Criminal Law, on the recent publication by the Government of the sentencing White Paper.

New Community-Based Alternatives to Imprisonment

October 27, 2020
Popular conceptions of imprisonment entail admission to prison for a continuous period. Some offenders are sentenced to immediate imprisonment – for example for six months. However, other jurisdictions have introduced forms

Sentencing Academy’s response to the A Smarter Approach to Sentencing White Paper

September 29, 2020
The Ministry of Justice published its sentencing White Paper, promising ‘A Smarter Approach to Sentencing’, on 16 September 2020. It contains a number of headline-grabbing amendments to the release arrangements for offenders

Sentencing Academy response to the Sentencing Council’s unauthorised use of a trade mark consultation

September 29, 2020
The Sentencing Academy has submitted a response to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on a guideline for unauthorised use of a trade mark offences (https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/