In recent years, and especially in the last decade, there has been an increasing awareness of the problems involved in sentencing an offender, and greater concern for his treatment and rehabilitation. This has been fostered by and perhaps is largely due to the studies and reports of those engaged in the field of criminology, which now finds an increasing place in our Law Schools. The establishment of the Institute of Criminology in Australia has given impetus to this trend. This Report on sentencing in Western Australia has been prepared and written by Miss Daunton-Fear in the course of her work as a senior criminologist with the Institute. It is the first study ever to have been made of sentencing problems and policies in this state and it will, without doubt, succeed in achieving the author's purpose of providing, as she says, a tool for courts, lawyers, prosecutors and public servants who are confronted with sentencing problems.
Sentencing in Western Australia