Projects per year
I am Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Strathclyde University Law School, where I'm Director of the Centre for Law, Crime and Justice, and programme director of the LLM / MSc in Criminal Justice & Penal Change.
A highly experienced scholar, I've conducted and published research into criminal justice in Scotland and abroad, including: the impact of legal aid reforms, plea decision-making and plea negotiation, lawyer-client relations, penal policy and public attitudes, the role of pre-sentence reports, mitigation and individualisation, sentencing, executive release decision-making, and the use of information technology (including, for example, the introduction of a Sentencing Information System for the High Court).
Regularly invited to speak to policy and practice audiences at home and around the world, for example, I'm currently giving public lectures on sustainable ways of reducing the use of imprisonment.
A regular contributor to Parliamentary and other official inquiries into justice, I have also served as an Adviser to governments in several countries, for example recently the senior judiciary and court service of the Republic of Ireland. I am currently academic Adviser to the Review of Sentencing Policy in N, Ireland.
I'm also founder and Chair of the European Group on Sentencing and Penal Decision-Making (a network of academic, policy and practice members in over 25 countries).
Currently, I am working on five externally-funded research projects.
I am leading an exploratory study of Senteincing & Communication, which observes the sentencing hearing and explores the perspectives of the judicial sentencer, defence lawyer and sentenced person so as to shed light on effective practices and systemic or other barriers to successful communications.
I'm leading a review of the law, jurisprudence, public attitudes and international evidence relating to Sentencing Discounting in respect of Guilty Pleas (with Jay Gormley and Dr Rachel McPherson) commissioned by the Scottish Sentencing Council.
I'm working, (with partners in Sweden, Italy and the USA), on an EU-funded research study into cognition and emotions in the criminal process entitled 'Just Emotions'.
Purusing my long-standing interests in penal policy, I am conducting quantitative research (with Ipsos) into public knowledge about and attitudes to sentencing in general. In a separate qualitative study (with ScotCen) I'm examining Public Knowledge of and Attitudes to Sentencing, including in cases of Sexual Offence and Causing Death by Driving Offences.
Extending my work into mitigation and individualisation in the criminal-penal process, I am developing (with Prof Stewart Field, Cardiff) a comparative book project which reconceptualises the presentation and interpretation of Remorse and Responsibility and the expectations in different countries of 'the ideal defendant'.
My new book Sentencing as a Social Process: Re-thinking Research and Policy will be published in the Palgrave Socio-Legal Series in 2019.
In 2017 I was invited and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
See also my Google Scholar Page: https://bit.ly/2TUjQ02
Expertise & Capabilities
Penal Policy and Penal Decision-Making
Pre Sentence Processes
Executive Release from prison
Criminal Process including plea decision-making, legal aid, prosecution and defence work
Access to Justice
Law, Discretion and Justice
The Use of Information and Communications Technology in Decision-Making
- sentencing; legal aid; discretionary decision-making; plea bargaining; criminal process; penal process; pre sentence reports; social work reports
30/09/18 → 31/01/20
Project: Knowledge Exchange
Research Output per year
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Reducing prison sentencing through pre-sentence reports? Why the quasi-market logic of 'selling alternatives to custody' failsTata, C., 31 Dec 2018, In : The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice (formerly The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice). 57, 4, p. 472-494 23 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Fine tuning Uganda's sentencing guideline framework : lessons from sentencing guideline systems in selected common law jurisdictionsAuthor: Kamuzze, J., 1 Oct 2014
Supervisor: Tata, C. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Activities per year
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organiser of major conference
Activity: Other activity types › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
Influence on judicial decision making and increased public understanding of sentencing practice through implementation of Sentencing Information System
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Policy and legislation, Public understanding, information and debate, Professional practice, training and standards