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Dispensing Justice : Responses to Crime, Volume 4 - Lord Windlesham

Dispensing Justice

Responses to Crime, Volume 4

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Published: 1st October 2001
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The prevalence of criminal offending in England and Wales, its causes, the harms that result, and what can be done to counter it, have been in the forefront of public policy concerns throughout the second half of the twentieth century. The differing ways in which successive governments and policy-makers have responded has been the theme of Lord Windlesham's four volumes on 'Responses to Crime'. In this final part of his survey, covering the closing years of the century, the author analyses how the dominant influence of public opinion, systematically measured, evaluated, and translated into policy decisions, interacted with a trend towards retribution and a harsher penal climate. Despite the relief afforded by electronically monitored early release the numbers in prison rose to record levels, with consequent failures to achieve targets relating to conditions and treatment. Since the 1997 General Election New labour's modernizing mission has led to far-reaching managerial and structural reforms in the process of justice. The Crown Prosecution Service, Legal Aid, and the Probation Service have been reorganized; a new system of youth justice instituted; and mandatory sentencing, inherited from the Conservatives, preserved and extended. This volume contains detailed commentaries on the controversy over access to jury trial, the not yet completed reform of criminal legal aid, and the policy imperative of strengthening the enforcement of community penalties. 'Dispensing Justice' also includes a comparative study of the development of public defender systems for indigent persons charged with criminal offences in the United States.

1: High Tide: Mandatory Sentences, 1995-7 2: The Inheritance: Mandatory Sentences, 1997-9 3: Changing Course: Politics and Policy-Making, 1997-8 4: Reforms in the Criminal Process I: The Crown Prosecution Service 5: Reforms in the Criminal Process II: The Defendants 6: Righting the Balance? Public Defence in America 7: Reforms in the Criminal Process III: Mode of Trial 8: Community Penalties: Enforcement and Structural Change 9: Modernizing Criminal Justice, 1997-2001

ISBN: 9780198298441
ISBN-10: 0198298447
Series: Responses to Crime (Hardcover) : Book 4
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st October 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 14.7  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.55