Preventive Sentencing

  • Nicola Padfield
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society book series (PSRCS)


This chapter explores the current sentencing framework for sex offenders in England and Wales: not only the rules for the imposition of indeterminate and determinate custodial sentences, but also the use of Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPOs) and other preventive orders which attempt to control future activities by offenders. It then looks briefly at release and recall rules, and the ‘management’ of sexual offenders in the community in order to question the legitimacy of some current practices. The chapter points out that current priorities which focus on preventive sentencing, the protection of the public and the management of risk allow questions of justice and proportionality to be too easily ignored. Restrictive, preventive, sentences require careful justification in individual cases.


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  • Nicola Padfield
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  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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