University of Sydney. Faculty of Law. Institute of Criminology.
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Sentencing law practice - confused and incoherent Sentencing has been described as the 'high point in anti-jurisprudence' (Smith 1997:174). This comment reflects the fact that sentencing law is devoid of an overarching rationale. It is marked by a high degree of discretion and is shaped more by political expedience and intuition than informed inquiry and principle. The fact that sentencing is 'the most controversial and politically sensitive aspect of the criminal law' (Freckleton 1996:ix) has militated heavily against it being developed in a coherent and principled manner.