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Responding effectively to domestic burglary: A critique of the criminal justice (burglary of dwellings)Act 2015

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posted on 2019-07-19, 10:46 authored by Tom Kiely, SUSAN LEAHYSUSAN LEAHY
This article analyses the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015. Written from the author’s respective experiences as criminal law practitioner and legal academic, the article seeks to highlight the limited practical effects of the legislation. The Act introduced two changes to the law in a bid to target repeat offenders, that is, the potential for refusal of bail for repeat offenders and the introduction of consecutive sentencing for such offenders upon conviction. The article argues that although the legislation was no doubt well-intentioned, the belief that it would operate to curb offending in this area was misguided. What is actually required in this area is not reactionary law-making but sustained investment in preventative measures such an further resourcing of the Gardaí to target burglars before they offend



Irish Criminal Law Journal;27(4),pp. 106-113


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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in [Irish Criminal Law Journal] following peer review. The definitive published version [2017 27(4),pp. 106-113] is available online on Westlaw IE/[Irish Criminal Law Journal]



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