One punishment fits all?: a critical examination of the joint criminal enterprise law in the UK

Ogbonna, Gerald (2014) One punishment fits all?: a critical examination of the joint criminal enterprise law in the UK. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the nature of gangs, and in relation to this, the role of the joint criminal enterprise doctrine, as a way of combatting this issue in society. The joint criminal enterprise law is a tool used to deter the motivation to participate in gang-related activity, especially acts of violence. It extends equal liability across the whole party of offenders, even if there is seen to be only one principal perpetrator of a crime. It is the hope that a better understanding of gang culture and various gang-related behaviour, will provide a better understanding of the joint enterprise law, with regards to its application in a number of violent offences. It is a law that, to date, is very disputed, with a lack of research and statistics on the use of joint enterprise, together with a number of high profile miscarriage of justices cases that have arisen as a result of its inconsistent use.
    Primary research, in the form of an online survey, was carried out, in order to explore public opinion on both gangs and the joint criminal enterprise law. One of the main aims of the survey was to compare the differences in opinion between young people and the older population. It was also a key focus of this research to test the knowledge and awareness of the law among young people, the demographic that the law has originally set out to deter. Findings showed that there was indeed a minor level of familiarity with joint enterprise, whilst slight differences could be seen, across the various age groups, on opinions regarding the appropriate use of the joint enterprise law. Young people, as a whole, appeared to be more in agreement with the law than those older.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 14:50
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:48

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