Community sanctions

Authored by: Ioan Durnescu

The Routledge Handbook of European Criminology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415685849
eBook ISBN: 9780203083505
Adobe ISBN: 9781136185496


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The term ‘community sanction’ is most often associated with other concepts with more or less similar meaning. A broad definition of the term locates community sanctions structurally between custody and other nominal penalties like fines, compensation, etc. (Bottoms, Gelsthorpe and Rex, 2001). What differentiates a community sanction from a custodial penalty is that while the custodial penalty is executed inside a custodial unit the community sanction is executed in the community under the supervision of a penal actor. With this preliminary definition in mind we can begin our journey into what is and what is not a community sanction.

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