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Getting justice wrong : Myths, the media and crime - Nicholas Cowdery

Getting justice wrong

Myths, the media and crime

Paperback Published: 1st March 2001
ISBN: 9781865083223
Number Of Pages: 192

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Justice may be nothing more than people getting what they deserve - but who is to decide that? And how?

Tabloid journalists hunting a shock story? Talkback hosts feeding the anxieties and prejudices of the ill-informed? Politicians on the election trail chasing an easy vote? All have a vested interest in crime. All help generate public discussion and concern about the latest 'crime wave', 'war on drugs', 'soft judges', 'zero tolerance'. Discussion full of headline fodder, sound bites and dodgy figures. Discussion that gets justice wrong, produces failing policies and allocates taxpayers' dollars ineffectively.

Getting Justice Wrong is not another government report or political polemic. It simply presents some facts about how criminal justice happens and why it happens that way. It provides information, usually at variance with the conventional 'wisdom' peddled by opinion manipulators. It offers food for thought, at a time when the next election 'law and order auction' is not far off.

Preface ix

1 The Criminal Law in Action 1

2 Policing Crime 20

3 The Drug Problem 29

4 Starting Young 45

5 Starting at Home 66

6 Stopping 78

7 What Right to Silence? 87

8 Sentencing 98

9 The Island Continent 122

10 Future Directions 137

Appendix: Universal Declaration of Human Rights 152

Acknowledgements 161

Index 163

ISBN: 9781865083223
ISBN-10: 1865083224
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st March 2001
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1