Published in Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Vol. 175, December 3 2011, p 721
Recently in CL&J (p.596, ante), Caron Thatcher and Emmanouela Mylonaki of London South Bank University considered the sentences handed out following the August riots in London and elsewhere. The theme of their article was that some of the sentences were disproportionately high, at least in the case of offences not involving violence. It seems to me, however, that there are indeed reasons particular to riots which do justify higher sentences than ordinary incidents of public disorder or theft.
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