Mass incarceration is an American embarrassment. One proposed way to reduce bloated prison populations involves—within bounds reflecting moral desert—the incorporation of risk assessment in determining sentence length, such that offenders at a lower risk of recidivism receive a sentence at the lower bound of deserved punishment. However, the choice of which empirically valid risk factors on which to rely – for example gender or age-- is often politically fraught. A framework for choosing among risk factors for recidivism in sentencing offenders will be offered.
The seminar will be followed by a reception in the Manor Road Common Room from 5.30pm.