Predictive Sentencing addresses the role of risk assessment in
contemporary sentencing practices. Predictive sentencing has become
so deeply ingrained in Western criminal justice decision-making
that despite early ethical discussions about selective
incapacitation, it currently attracts little critique. Nor has it
been subjected to a thorough normative and empirical scrutiny. This
is problematic since much current policy and practice concerning
risk predictions is inconsistent with mainstream theories of
punishment. Moreover, predictive sentencing exacerbates
discrimination and disparity in sentencing. Although structured
risk assessments may have replaced `gut feelings', and have now
been systematically implemented in Western justice systems, the
fundamental issues and questions that surround the use of risk
assessment instruments at sentencing remain unresolved. This volume
critically evaluates these issues and will be of great interest to
scholars of criminal justice and criminology.
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