SOC209H5 Lecture Notes - Homicide, Judicial Restraint, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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Sentencing and justifications of punishments in canada section 718 sets out purposes of sentencing: denouncing conduct have severe punishment around things we believe are detestable not proportionate to a concrete measure of harm ex. Aggravating factors sentences should be enhanced in cases of: crimes motivated by hate spousal and child abuse crime committed in connection with a criminal organization. Where are the mitigating factors? o first time offenders, stable jobs, middle class, worked with law enforcement good explanatory variables as to what sentences are handed out plea bargaining. Most common types of cases case processing o time is quite slow average time from the first and last court appearance: 237 days. Way of not having people in detention centres: no penalty, no criminal record, police will only hold record for 6 months conditional discharge in practise of placing someone on probation.

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