SENTENCING OF SEXUAL OFFENDERS

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Author: 
GEOFF FELTOE
Journal Citation: 
UZ Law Journal ISSN 2617-20146
Media Neutral Citation: 
UZSLRJ III
Publication Date: 
31 October 2019

SENTENCING OF SEXUAL OFFENDERS

BY GEOFF FELTOE

 

ABSTRACT

This paper examines the complex issue of sentencing of sexual offenders against the backdrop of the recent calls for mandatory minimum sentences in cases of sexual crimes. Some countries have introduced mandatory minimum sentences but the paper points out some of the problems in deciding upon appropriate minimum sentences for the different sexual crimes. It demonstrates inconsistencies in the sentencing patterns in Zimbabwe for sexual offences and explores the alternative of setting of sentencing guidelines to achieve more consistency in sentencing levels.

Key words: Sexual offences, mandatory minimum sentences, inconsistency in sentences