The Sentencing Council for England and Wales initiated a consultation process in order to produce definitive sentencing guidelines for drugs offences for the UK in the future. In order to feed into this process, IDPC, in collaboration with TNI, held an Expert seminar on proportionality in sentencing for drug offences, on 20th May 2011, in London, UK. The seminar was an important gathering of international experts on the subject of proportionality and provided a space for fruitful and in depth discussions on sentencing experiences from around the world. A draft report of the meeting was sent to the Sentencing Council as part of the consultation process on 20th June.
Download the response (PDF)
The IDPC submission to the UK Sentencing Council focused on three main issues where we consider that significant changes should be made before the final guideline is published: (1) determinants of sentencing, (2) proportionality of penalties and (3) medicinal use of cannabis, with the following recommendations :
The IDPC submission to the Sentencing Council was co-signed by a number of international experts who were involved in our Expert seminar on proportionality.
See also: Drug Offences: Definitive Guideline