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Criminal Policy Making

NCJ Number
A Rutherford
Date Published
579 pages
Criminal justice policy making is addressed in this volume, one in series dealing with criminological schools and theories and with approaches to particular areas of crime, criminal justice, and penology.
The purpose of the volume is to illuminate processes that determine the shape and direction of criminal justice policies in liberal and democratic states, and the focus is on the making of policies. The first part of the volume looks at historical and social contexts of criminal justice policy making, while the second part reviews theoretical perspectives related to crime prevention, critical criminology, conflict as property, penal sanctions as a feminist strategy, the rehabilitative ideal in criminal justice, crime and punishment and the decline of liberal optimism, and crime and the criminologists. The third part presents an ideological framework in which to develop and evaluate criminal justice policies, the fourth part includes case studies, and the fifth part identifies emerging issues related to criminal justice policy making. References, notes, footnotes, and tables