Public protection has become an increasingly central theme in the work of the criminal justice agencies in many parts of the world in recent years. Its high public profile and consequent political sensitivity means that growing numbers of criminal justice professionals find their daily work load dominated by the assessment and management of high risk of harm offenders.
Developments such as sex offender registers and (in the UK) Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) have made this issue not only a core activity for police, probation and prison services, but for a range of other organisations as well - in particular social work and the health services. Partnership has become central to the concept of public protection.
At the same time the concept of public protection has occasioned increased political debate. Protecting the public from high risk or dangerous offenders has become an international issue and has increasingly shaped criminal justice policy.
This text brings together leading researchers, commentators and practitioners in the field, providing authoritative coverage of the theory and practice of public protection, both in the UK and internationally. It provides a critical review of contemporary public protection practice as: well as up-to-date research and thinking in the field.
The key themes of `risk and dangerousness' and `individual rights and community safety' are explored throughout each section.
This book will be essential reading for students and practitioners in criminal justice.
|List of figures and tables||p. x|
|List of abbreviations||p. xi|
|Notes on contributors||p. xv|
|The Context of Public Protection|
|'Dangers by being despised grow great'||p. 15|
|Theorising dangerousness||p. 40|
|The politics of public protection||p. 60|
|Assessing and Managing Risk|
|Forensic risk assessment: public protection versus offender rights||p. 87|
|Discretion and decision-making in public protection||p. 103|
|An epistemological chasm? Actuarial risk assessment through OASys||p. 133|
|Public protection: perpetrators, predictions, prevention and performance||p. 162|
|Doing the Job|
|Public protection and the Parole Board in England and Wales||p. 185|
|Community protection and multi-agency public protection arrangements||p. 199|
|Public protection work: achieving the possible||p. 217|
|Sex offender management in the community: who are the victims?||p. 234|
|A Comparative Perspective|
|Public protection and community safety in the Netherlands||p. 257|
|Public protection in Scotland: a way forward?||p. 272|
|Sex offender notification: policy imperatives, effectives and consequences in the USA||p. 295|
|The preventive state: when is prevention of harm harmful?||p. 316|
|Contemporary Issues in Public Protection|
|Electronic monitoring, satellite tracking and public protection||p. 341|
|Hate crime offending and victimisation: some considerations for public protection||p. 361|
|Punitive policies on sexual offending: from public shaming to public protection||p. 380|
|Policing, public protection and minority groups||p. 399|
|Young offenders and public protection||p. 417|
|Public protectionism and 'Sarah's Law': exerting pressure through single issue campaigns||p. 434|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 24.6 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 1