Sentencing on Criminal Record

  • Margaret Fitzgerald O’Reilly


This chapter examines the impact of criminal convictions upon the sentencing process and focuses upon explaining when past convictions are taken into consideration by a sentencing judge, the justifications for this, the relevance of past records, and the effect that its use has upon the offender. There is a particular emphasis upon documenting the increased use of mandatory minimum sentencing provisions in Ireland that focus upon repeat offenders. In recent years, there has been a notable increase in legislative attention to the use of criminal records in sentencing and the implications of this are explored in this chapter.


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  • Margaret Fitzgerald O’Reilly
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  1. 1.University of LimerickLimerickIreland

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