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Title: Remorse and the courts : a defence of remorse-based sentencing
Author: Henson, Jamie
ISNI:       0000 0004 7657 3294
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis defends the central claim that remorse ought to be considered a mitigating factor in sentencing decisions. I advocate a communicative approach to punishment, arguing that it is important that the state attempts to enter into a moral dialogue with those that it punishes and that this requires state actors to be receptive to offender-remorse. I contend that this requires us to accept a weak form of character retributivism and acknowledge that certain limited aspects of an offender's character impact upon their blameworthiness. In making these arguments I look at the nature of remorse and its relationship to apology, alongside the role that remorse currently plays within the courts. I also discuss the role of shame in the courts, the role of mercy in sentencing and argue that there is a correlation between remorse and reduced recidivism.
Supervisor: Smith, Joel Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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