Weighing in the balance: Reflections on the sentencing process from a children's rights perspective

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dc.contributor.author Donson, Fiona
dc.contributor.author Parkes, Aisling
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-17T14:52:34Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-17T14:52:34Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09-14
dc.identifier.citation Donson, F. and Parkes, A. (2016) 'Weighing in the balance: Reflections on the sentencing process from a children’s rights perspective', Probation Journal, 63(3), pp. 331-346. doi: 10.1177/0264550516649575 en
dc.identifier.volume 63 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 331 en
dc.identifier.endpage 346 en
dc.identifier.issn 0264-5505
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5291
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0264550516649575
dc.description.abstract A substantial body of research now exists indicating that parental imprisonment can produce multiple negative effects on dependent children. While the criminal justice system can respond to this post-imprisonment through positive interventions, an important question arises as to whether courts should take into account the impact of imprisonment on the children of offenders at the point of sentencing. The recognition of children’s rights in many jurisdictions has prompted courts to develop approaches that take account of these important third party considerations. This article will explore how the courts of South Africa and England and Wales have made space for the rights of children of offenders within the sentencing process and consider whether Ireland might adopt such an approach. Central to this process is how relevant information regarding dependent children can best be presented to the sentencing court. The article will therefore examine the potential introduction of child impact statements into the Irish sentencing process, and the extent to which probation officers are suited to adapting their current pre-sanction report role to include child impact information. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage Publications en
dc.relation.uri http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0264550516649575
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2016. This accepted manuscript version is reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. The published version is available at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0264550516649575 en
dc.subject Sentencing en
dc.subject Probation officers en
dc.subject Children of prisoners en
dc.subject Children’s rights en
dc.subject Pre-sentence reports en
dc.subject Child impact statements en
dc.subject Guardian Ad Litem en
dc.subject Probation en
dc.title Weighing in the balance: Reflections on the sentencing process from a children's rights perspective en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Fiona Donson, School Of Law, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: f.donson@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2018-01-17T14:27:41Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Probation Journal en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress f.donson@ucc.ie en

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