Theories of Punishment

  • Brenda Mothersole
  • Ann Ridley


Crime, its prevention and the treatment of the perpetrators of crime by way of punishment is a con-tinuing problem for all societies. Some statistics claim that in the UK a crime is committed every minute, and generally crime is on the increase. The statistics cover all types of crime, serious crime, such as murder, rape, robbery and drug pedalling, and less serious crime such as petty theft, causing a public affray and the majority of motoring offences. Whatever the degree of seriousness, crime is regarded as a threat to the peace and stability of the realm. This national predicament provokes two questions: how can the state effectively punish convicted offenders? And how can crime be reduced to an acceptable level?


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Further reading

• Criminal law Textbooks

  1. Card, Cross and Jones, Introduction to Criminal Law (Butterworths)Google Scholar
  2. Cremona, M, Criminal Law (Macmillan)Google Scholar
  3. Curzon, L, Criminal Law (Pitman)Google Scholar
  4. Griew, E, The Theft Acts (Sweet and Maxwell)Google Scholar
  5. Jefferson, M, Criminal Law (Pitman)Google Scholar
  6. Seago, P, Criminal law (Sweet and Maxwell)Google Scholar
  7. Smith and Hogan, Criminal Law (Butterworths)Google Scholar


  1. Clarkson and Keating, Criminal Law: Text and Materials (Sweet and Maxwell)Google Scholar
  2. Elliott and Wood, Casebook on Criminal Law (Sweet and Maxwell)Google Scholar
  3. Smith and Hogan, Criminal law: Cases and Materials (Butterworths)Google Scholar


  1. Statutes on Criminal Law (Blackstone)Google Scholar
  2. Criminal Law Statutes (Sweet and Maxwell)Google Scholar

• Theories of punishment

  1. Ashworth, A, Sentencing and Criminal Justice (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)Google Scholar
  2. Cross, R, The English Sentencing System (Butterworths)Google Scholar
  3. Harding and Koffman, Sentencing and the Penal System: Text and Materials (Sweet and Maxwell)Google Scholar
  4. Harris, P, Introduction to Law (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)Google Scholar
  5. Rutherford, A, Prisons and the Process of Justice (Oxford University Press)Google Scholar
  6. Shapland, Willmore and Duff, Victims in the Criminal Justice System (Gower)Google Scholar
  7. Walker, N, Crime and Criminology: A Critical Introduction (Opus Book, Oxford University Press)Google Scholar

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© Brenda Mothersole and Ann Ridley 1995

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  • Brenda Mothersole
  • Ann Ridley

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