Welcome to
the Sentencing Academy

The Sentencing Academy is a research and engagement charitable incorporated organisation dedicated to developing understanding of sentencing in England and Wales and informing public debate. 

It promotes an evidence-based approach to sentencing and encourages effective sentencing practices that reduce re-offending, provide justice to victims, and promote public confidence.

News

keep up to date with what is happening around sentencing in England and Wales.

Colin Pitchfork and the Complexity of Parole

It has been reported that an application for reconsideration of a Parole Board decision not to release Colin...

Criminal Justice Bill and Sentencing Bill

Two pieces of legislation currently going through Parliament will make changes to sentencing practice and...

Gavin Dingwall Addresses the Inaugural Scottish Sentencing Research Symposium

Gavin Dingwall, Head of Policy and Communications at the Sentencing Academy, was invited to speak at the...

Professor Julian V. Roberts, Executive Director of the Sentencing Academy, Speaks at Launch of House of Commons Justice Committee Report

Several members of the Sentencing Academy attended an event at Portcullis House on 8 November to launch the...

Research

We commission and collaborate with a diverse range of specialist researchers conducting evaluative, comparative and explorative reports covering key topics in the area of sentencing in England and Wales.

Policy makers, researchers, and special interest groups may find this section of particular interest.

Please let us know if you have any other areas of interest that you would like us to cover.

Parole in England and Wales: Recent Reforms and Proposals for the Future
30Oct

Parole in England and Wales: Recent Reforms and Proposals for the Future

Authors: Gavin Dingwall and Megan Millar   This report examines recent changes to parole in England and Wales and considers…

The Use of Deferred Sentencing in England and Wales: A Review of Law, Guidance and Research
18Jun

The Use of Deferred Sentencing in England and Wales: A Review of Law, Guidance and Research

Authors: Professor Julian V. Roberts, Dr Elaine Freer and Dr Jonathan Bild   This report provides an introduction to the…

Sentencing Guidance, the Sentencing Council, and Black & Ethnic Minority Offenders
23May

Sentencing Guidance, the Sentencing Council, and Black & Ethnic Minority Offenders

By Professor Julian V. Roberts and Professor Andrew Ashworth   Our new paper by Professor Julian V. Roberts and Professor…

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Resources

We have crafted a range of different resources that help explain particular sentencing practices; highlight key trends from current statistical information and provide clarity around legal terms and offences.

Practitioners, academics, and the public may find this section useful but Please let us know should there be additional areas that you feel we should also look to cover.

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