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Conceptions and representations of the sentencing decision process

Tata, Cyrus (1997) Conceptions and representations of the sentencing decision process. Journal of Law and Society, 24 (3). pp. 395-420. ISSN 0263-323X

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This article attempts to reflect on the success of attempts by academic research to understand and explain the sentencing decision process. It identifies conventional themes in the conception and representation of that decision process and argues that there are some important difficulties associated with them and consequently implications for both the findings of sentencing research and for approaches to sentencing reform. The article suggests a possible alternative approach to conceptualizing and representing the sentencing decision process and also raises questions about the nature of the discretionary (legal) decision process more generally.