Austin Lovegrove is currently Honorary Principal Fellow in the Law School at the University of Melbourne. Austin completed a M.A. and Ph.D. in Behavioural Sciences and went on to become a Reader in Criminology, also at the University of Melbourne. Each project involved the empirical study of different aspects of the behaviour of offenders. He served on the Victorian Committee of Inquiry into Sentencing; principally a judicial committee and chaired by the late Sir John Starke, it reported to the Government in 1988. As an academic, Austin has presented many papers at overseas and local conferences. More recently, he lectured on sentencing, decision making and guidelines at an annual conference of Australian Federal and Supreme Court Judges. Lovegrove is a Fellow of Goodenough College in London, a residential college for postgraduate students principally from the Commonwealth. The author has written two previous books; both are research monographs, aimed at academic audiences.