The 2011 English ‘Riots’: Prosecutorial Zeal and Judicial Abandon

Lightowlers, C ORCID: 0000-0002-0608-8141 and Quirk, H
(2015) The 2011 English ‘Riots’: Prosecutorial Zeal and Judicial Abandon. British Journal of Criminology, 55 (1). pp. 65-85.

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Much attention has focussed on the severity of the sentences imposed following the 2011 ‘summer rioting’ in England. The Court of Appeal confirmed that participation in a collective outbreak of disorder takes offending outside the sentencing guidelines. The position for sentencing riot-related offending in future is unclear, however, as the Court gave no indication of how to calibrate this departure, and the Sentencing Council has made offending during public disorder an aggravating factor only in its burglary guideline. This article explores new empirical evidence regarding the sentences imposed in Manchester, together with national Ministry of Justice data, to demonstrate for the first time how this ‘uplift’ effect was a feature throughout the criminal process, from arrest to sentence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: riots, disorder, sentencing, courts, prosecution, sentencing guidelines
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 08:49
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 06:54
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azu081
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