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What if imprisonment were abolished for property offences?

The What if? series of pamphlets challenges conventional thinking on penal issues

  • Price: £5

  • ISBN: 978-1-905994-62-5

  • Published: 2013

  • Pages: 18

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform


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Professor Andrew Ashworth, Vinerian Professor of English Law at All Souls College, Oxford University, argues that deprivation of liberty is a disproportionate response for an offence that deprives people of their property.

The paper considers both fines and community sentences as alternative sentencing options. The paper argues for fair and proportional sentencing, which, if the proposal were adopted, would have far-reaching consequences for the penal system, and a significant impact on the size of the prison population in England and Wales.

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