Does the punishment fit the crime?



‘Crime’ encompasses a wide range of offences, which vary in the degree of severity and therefore in the level of associated punishment decreed by law. How serious should a crime be in order to warrant a custodial sentence? Is it clear what level of punishment is appropriate for different criminal offences?

Careers in the justice system can include roles focused on the prediction, prevention and investigation of offences, in addition to the reduction of reoffending, the rehabilitation of offenders and support services for victims. We can close the visit with a talk outlining what careers paths are available with a Criminology degree, how students can enter different careers and where opportunities are likely to develop in the future.

Key facts

Off campus
On campus
Half day
18 (on campus)
Key Stage
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
Gatsby benchmarks
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
7. Encounters with further and higher education

Example programme

10.00 to 10.30Welcome and Overview of Activity

10.30 to 12.00 – Does the punishment fit the crime? This masterclass workshop will use the criminological ‘world café’ research method approach to explore different attitudes to punishment, including the death penalty, in response to different criminal offences. Students will be introduced to the reasons why, as a society, we punish people for crime, why different types of crime attract different punishments and the limitations of how we punish.

12.00 to 12.30(Optional) Careers in the Justice System, Student Feedback & Departure  

Programme options:

The content can be amended for pre or post 16 students. We can deliver the session on campus, in school, as an interactive session online, or adapt as a pre-recorded session online.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021