Second Discussion Document - 'Criminal Sanctions'

This discussion document, Second Discussion Document – Criminal Sanctions, is the second in a series of discussion documents to be published leading to the publication of a White Paper on Crime.

As was the case with the first discussion document ("Crime Prevention and Community Safety") this paper is aimed at the general reader and comprises a non-specialist overview of the issue, together with a number of questions to assist in shaping discussion and feedback.

The paper sets out the current range of sanctions applied in Ireland.

This document asks:

The document begins by setting out some of the most commonly cited aims of imposing a sanction and how these might contribute to crime prevention and public protection. In particular, the role of sanctions in deterrence, incapacitation and rehabilitation is highlighted.

The document then outlines the current range of sanctions as applied in Ireland, covering custodial and non-custodial options. It discusses possible benefits and challenges presented by both approaches.  Finally, the paper summarises the general framework for sentencing policy in Ireland and how it might be developed for the future.


Examples of the questions flagged for detailed consideration include:


Second Discussion Document - 'Criminal Sanctions' - Summary of Consultation Outcomes

In August 2010, the Department of Justice and Equality published two documents summarising the feedback received on the White Paper on Crime Discussion Document, 'Criminal Sanctions' (February 2010).

The first of these documents Second Discussion Document - White Paper on Crime outlines the written responses received by the Department following public requests for submissions.

The second, IPA Report on Consultation Meeting Criminal Sanctions 28th May 2010 prepared by the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), records the views expressed at a consultation seminar organised by the Department in Dublin Castle, on 28th May 2010 and facilitated by Dr. Barry Vaughan, NESC.

The Department received input from a wide range of organisations and individuals.  The views expressed varied considerably.


Specific issues raised included: