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Mitigation - the role of personal factors in sentencing

3 October 2007
  • Social Change
  • Criminal Justice

The report is concerned with personal mitigation: factors which reduce the severity of a sentence, and relate to the offender rather than the offence. The study involved observation of sentences passed in the Crown Court and interviews with judges and recorders. Published by the Prison Reform Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Kings College London and the Institute for Criminal Policy Research.