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Rowe, Abigail (2007). Bifurcation. In: Jewkes, Yvonne and Bennett, Jamie eds. Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment. Cullompton: Willan, pp. 23–24.

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Coined by Anthony Bottoms in 1977, the term 'bifurcation' refers to the differentiation between penalties for serious and minor offences. While prison sentences for serious criminals lengthen, the range of non-custodial penalties for minor offenders grows. This allows governments to control prison populations, while still being seen to protect society from serious and persistent offenders

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2007 Willan Publishing
ISBN: 1-84392-291-6, 978-1-84392-291-9
Keywords: Prisons; punishment; judicial sentencing
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Item ID: 18933
Depositing User: Abigail Rowe
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2009 12:31
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2012 09:56
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