Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the basic functioning of the sentencing process.
  2. To understand the relationship between sentencing and the state of penal institutions.
  3. To grasp the function and process of the presentence report.
  4. To clearly understand the part that risk assessment plays in sentencing.
  5. To be able to name and discuss four theories of sentencing.
  6. To gain an understanding of restorative justice philosophy and practice.
  7. To be aware of changing social factors and how they influence sentencing policy.