Topic: Evidence-based sentencing: what judges know; what judges need to know

Presenter: Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM - Faculty of Law, Monash University

The aims of sentencing are well known: retribution or punishment, rehabilitation, deterrence, denunciation, incapacitation and community protection.
Retribution is a moral question, the others are instrumental or consequential and are therefore open to, or indeed require, empirical examination.

What works in sentencing? What deters? What rehabilitates? 

If there is evidence relating to these issues, should judges know about it, who should provide this information to them, and if they do receive such evidence how should they take it into account in sentencing? If evidence-based medicine is the foundation of medical practice, should sentencing practice adopt the same approach? 

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