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ISBN: 9781552210291-02

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A Brief History of Punishment and Sentencing

From: Law of Sentencing


Provides a brief history of punishment, focusing on the birth of the penitentiary and the changing focus of punishment. A brief history of sentencing in Canada, specifically focusing on the Criminal Code, is also given.



Allan Manson

Allan Manson is Professor of Law at Queen’s University, specializing in the areas of sentencing and prison law. Prior to joining the faculty at Queen’s, he practised criminal law. He has also served as Deputy Judge on the Yukon Territorial Court. He is an Associate Editor of the Criminal Reports and has been a long-standing member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Committee on Release and Imprisonment. He is the author of numerous articles dealing with criminal law issues, co-author of the text Release from Imprisonment: The Law of Parole, Sentencing and Judicial Review (1990) and co-author of the casebook Sentencing and Penal Policy (2000). Professor Manson was Project Director of the Ontario Law Reform Commission study of the coroner system.