Community Orders: A review of the sanction, its use and operation and research evidence

March 30, 2021
The Sentencing Academy has published a new report by Dr Eoin Guilfoyle (Teaching Associate in Law, University of Bristol) examining the use of Community Orders in England and Wales. Read

Sentencing Academy response to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

March 26, 2021
On 9 March 2021, the Ministry of Justice published the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which will introduce many of the sentencing reforms proposed in last September’s White Paper, A

Out of Court Disposals: A review of policy, operation and research evidence

February 4, 2021
The Sentencing Academy has published a new report by Cerys Gibson (University of Nottingham) reviewing the use of out of court disposals in England and Wales. Read the full report

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.