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Social enquiry reports and sentencing in the sheriff courts

Hutton, Neil and Halliday, Simon and McNeil, F. and Tata, Cyrus (2008) Social enquiry reports and sentencing in the sheriff courts. [Report]

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Abstract

Social Enquiry Reports (‘SERs’) are intended to assist the sentencing process. They are written by social workers primarily for judges. As such they represent an important and interesting point of exchange between two professional groups in the criminal justice system with different responsibilities, backgrounds and perspectives. In Scotland, reports are written by generically trained social workers who continue to work within social work departments and who may be more committed to welfare ideals than their counterparts in other jurisdictions (Robinson and McNeill, 2004). The discretionary sentencing context in Scotland, set alongside the possibly more welfare-oriented professional identity of SER authors, make both the nature of the practice of social enquiry and its significance for sentencing matters of particular interest.

Item type: Report
ID code: 29567
Keywords: sentencing, social enquiry reports, Sheriff court, Penology. Prisons. Correction
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Penology. Prisons. Correction
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Law > Law
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2011 14:44
Last modified: 17 Jul 2013 13:37
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/29567

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