Denunciation is a key aim of sentencing. This means society's disapproval of criminal activity. The White Paper of 1990 also described denunciation as a priority in most sentences, stating that not only should the punishment match the harm done but also show society's disapproval of that harm. It also stated that 'The first objective for all sentences is the denunciation of and retribution for crime. An example of denunciation is the case of R v Meggs. Mr E. Meggs was convicted of specimen counts of incest with two daughters over a period of years. Although Incest is an indictable offence he was given a large custodial sentence totalling ten years. Although this combined many different aims of sentencing denunciation was a key focus, and society's disapproval was reflected in his sentence.
Incapacitation is another aim of sentencing. This simply means to prevent an offender from committing further offences and thereby protecting the public. Incapacitation is also based on the idea that a sentence can serve a purpose for society as a whole. The concept of incapacitation is reinforced within the Powers