Crime and Criminal Justice Policy

Series
Longman
Author
Tim Newburn  
Publisher
Pearson Longman
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
320
Pub.-date
September 2003
ISBN13
9780582369559
ISBN
058236955X
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Description

"This is an outstanding introduction to the history, development and current issues of some key areas of criminal justice policy in England and Wales...It is well written, easy to follow...A superb student text but also a most for anyone new to the field." - Labour Campaign for Criminal Justice

Crime and Criminal Justice Policy

is an introduction to the history of British criminal justice policy and a survey of the current debates about the British criminal justice and penal systems. It is a comprehensive and user friendly introduction to the field. The book covers not just the courts, probation and prison services but also policing, crime prevention and the issues surrounding the treatment of victims by the criminal justice system.
This new edition provides a substantial update and revision, and records the major changes in criminal justice policy and legislation over the last decade, particularly those introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, and the Police Reform Act 2002.

Features

  • Provides a concise overview of a complex area, includes a selection of original documents and is written from a policy perspective
  • Provides a succinct, highly topical and well written account of the British penal system.
  • Key documents illustrate key themes. 

New to this Edition

  • Covers the substantial changes in criminal justice policy and legislation introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, and the Police Reform Act 2002.
  • New chapter on crime prevention and community safety
  • Takes an extended and critical look at criminal justice and penal policy under New Labour

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 The emergence of the modern penal system

         The emergence of a new penal system?

         The inter-War years

2 Prisons and imprisonment in post-War Britain

        The Criminal Justice Act 1967

        Grievances among the incarcerated

        The May Report

        The prison crisis escalates

        Strangeways and the Woolf Report

        The response to Woolf

        Privatisation and penal policy

        The aims of imprisonment?

       The 1990s and beyond: the spectre of mass incarceration

3 The new police and the emergence of policing policy

        The emergence of the modern police service

        The police and policing after the Royal Commission

                The Royal Commission on the Police 1960

                The Police Act 1964

                The introduction of Unit Beat Policing

                The uncovering of corruption in the 1970s

        A changing political context: policing after 1979

                Urban unrest and policing the riots

                Policing the miners' strike

               The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

                       Police investigation

                       Police accountability

                       Police complaints

               Financing the police

               The spectre of privatisation

               Crime prevention and community policing

4 Policing: the 1990s and beyond

        The White Paper on police reform

        The Sheehy Inquiry

        The Royal Commission on Criminal Justice

        The Home Office Review of Core and Ancillary Tasks

        The Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994

        Other aspects of centralisation

        Policing under 'New' Labour'

                 The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

                 The Crime and Disorder Act 1998

                 The Patten Inquiry

                 Police reform programme

                Conclusion

5 Crime prevention and community safety

               Defining crime prevention

              The rebirth of crime prevention

              The problem of governance

             New Labour and community safety

             Conclusion

6 Probation: from advise, assist and befriend to punishment in the community

            The origins of the probation service

            The Probation of Offenders Act 1907

            The emergence of bureaucracy

            The rise of the 'diagnostician'

            From alternatives to custody' to 'punishment in the community'

            Statement of National Objectives and Priorities

            Punishment, custody and the community

            Enter the auditors

            Crime, justice and protecting the public

            The Criminal Justice Act 1991

           The probation service and 'What Works'

            Concluding comments

7 Sentencing and non-custodial penalties

          The probation order

          Community service orders

         The fine

         The suspended sentence of imprisonment

          The Criminal Justice Act 1991

          Retreat from the 1991 Act

          Sentencing reform

          Conclusion

8 Youth crime and youth justice

          Introduction

          Juvenile crime

          The history of juvenile justice

          The rediscovery of populist punitiveness

          New Labour and youth justice

                The influence of restorative justice

          Conclusion

9 Victims and criminal justice policy

         Compensation by the offender and the state

        p;Compensation by the state

                Compensation by the offender

        The emergence of restorative justice

        The re-emergence of feminism

               Rape and domestic violence

              Child abuse

        The rise of Victim Support

        Progress since the 1990s

        Conclusion

10 Conclusion: the future of criminal justice policy

       Managerialism and financial control

       Local autonomy or state control?

      A return to penal populism

      Crime, government and image management

Bibliography

Back Cover

Crime and Criminal Justice Policy, 2nd Edition, is a comprehensive introduction to the history of criminal justice and penal policy in Britain. From the emergence of the modern penal system to the most recent developments, this book examines the sources and nature of change and asks what the future holds for criminal justice policy. It has quickly established itself as a thorough and user-friendly introduction to the field. The book covers not just sentencing, probation and prison services but also policing, youth justice, crime prevention and the issues surrounding the treatment of victims by the criminal justice system.

 

This new edition provides a substantial update and revision, and records the major changes in criminal justice policy and legislation over the last decade, particularly those introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, and the Police Reform Act 2002. There is also an entirely new chapter on crime prevention and community safety and the new edition takes an extended and critical look at criminal justice and penal policy under New Labour.

 

Crime and Criminal Justice Policy is a key text for all undergraduate and postgraduate students of criminology and criminal justice, as well as those of social policy, sociology, criminal law, social work and youth work. It has also proved an invaluable reference for probation officers, police officers, social workers, youth workers, as well as other professionals and volunteers working in criminal justice.

 

Tim Newburn is Professor of Criminology and Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published widely on policing, youth justice and criminal justice policy and is the author of 18 books, the most recent of which are Policing, Surveillance and Social Control (2001), Youth Offending and Restorative Justice (2003) and Criminology, Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice (2003).

 

 

 

Reader Review(s)

"This is an outstanding introduction to the history, development and current issues of some key areas of criminal justice policy in England and Wales...It is well written, easy to follow...A superb student text but also a most for anyone new to the field."

Labour Campaign for Criminal Justice