Finance and Operations Administrator Recruitment

The Sentencing Academy is a research and engagement charitable 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. In line with our development plans and funding […]

Kalisher/Sentencing Academy Internship

I am extremely pleased to have been awarded the Kalisher/Sentencing Academy Internship for this year. I have followed the work of both organisations for a number of years, and I am proud to represent both organisations and the ethos they stand for. I currently work as a Crown Court Caseworker at a practice specialising in […]

Multi-year funding from the Dawes Trust

The Sentencing Academy is pleased to announce that it has received additional multi-year funding from the Dawes Trust. We are very grateful to the Trust for its ongoing and future support of the Academy. Effective Sentencing In addition to our current funding this additional resource will permit the Academy to significantly expand its activities. More […]

Gavin Dingwall appointed Head of Policy and Communications

Gavin Dingwall has been appointed Head of Policy and Communications at the Sentencing Academy from 4 September 2023. Prior to this, he was Senior Research Fellow from 1 December 2022. During that time he has been engaged in a number of knowledge exchange activities including giving evidence to the House of Lords Justice and Home […]

Sentencing Academy Head of Research Vacancy

The Sentencing Academy is a charitable incorporated organisation created in 2019 to promote more effective sentencing practices and to further professional and public understanding of sentencing. In line with our development plans and funding we have successfully secured we are pleased to offer a brand new post heading up our new effective sentencing workstream. About […]

Refusal to Attend Sentencing

Dr Gabrielle Watson In August 2023, former neonatal nurse, Lucy Letby, refused to attend her own sentencing hearing for the murders of seven babies and the attempted murders of another six entrusted to her care. Having also refused to attend via video link, she remained in the cells below Manchester Crown Court as bereaved family […]

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The Kalisher Trust/Sentencing Academy Internship

  The Kalisher Trust and the Sentencing Academy are delighted to offer the opportunity for an outstanding candidate to undertake an internship at the Sentencing Academy. The internship, paid at the London Living Wage (currently £11.95 per hour), will run for 30 weeks from September/October 2023 and will involve a commitment of 7.5 hours per […]

Mental Health Awareness

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we would like to highlight an Issue paper that we shared last year by Ailbhe O’Loughlin looking at “Mental Disorder, Disability and Sentencing” which you may find of interest along with a literary review that we conducted for the Scottish Sentencing Council examining the issue of sentencing offenders […]

Desistance and Sentencing: A Review of Research

By Dr Annie Bunce   • Desistance is the cessation of offending by those with previous patterns of criminal behaviour. Desistance is a gradual, non-linear process, not simply a one-off event. This paper reviews research on the desistance process and considers the implications of key findings for the sentencing process.   • Research into offending […]