We believe that in a fair and effective criminal justice system, offenders are held to account, sentences are proportionate, and the primary purpose of prison is rehabilitation not retribution. We want to see:

  • a reduction in unnecessary imprisonment through greater use of non-custodial alternatives
  • the improvement of prison conditions and the prevention of torture and ill-treatment
  • child-friendly criminal justice systems which use detention only as a last resort
  • proportionate and gender-sensitive responses to women offending
  • the abolition of the death penalty and the introduction of humane alternative sanctions.

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Dr Mary Rogan 
25th Aug 2014

Out of balance: disproportionality in sentencing

Courts have started to consider whole life sentences with no possibility of parole to be in breach of the prohibition on inhuman and degrading punishment. But what about ordinary prison sentences?

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