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The Role of Human Rights in Long-Term Sentencing

Jan Maarten Elbers
Journal 01 November 2015

This article aims to shed light on the role of human rights in imposing and executing long-term custodial sentences. There appears to be tension between ensuring that human rights are respected and provision of security through the incapacitation of offenders. This tension can only be understood properly in the context of contemporary risk-management associated with increased punitiveness.