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You be the Judge - A guide to sentencing

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YOU be the

You hear the case

You decide the sentence

Then see how your sentence compares with the actual sentence passed

Have you ever wondered how judges and magistrates decide on the sentences they pass? The sentence should fit the crime. But what else should it achieve? Our guide to sentencing shows how the decision-making process works, and then gives you an opportunity to pass sentence yourself.

These offenders have each been charged with a criminal offence and are waiting to hear their fate. The scenarios are based on real-life cases, and last about five minutes. You will hear the evidence and then decide on the sentence. Afterwards, we'll tell you exactly what sentence they actually received, and why. How will your sentence compare? You be the Judge.

Before we start, please tell us:

What do you think about sentencing?