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Voluntary Sector's Role in a Mixed Economy of Criminal Justice (From Privatizing Criminal Justice, P 136-154, 1989, Roger Matthews, ed. -- See NCJ-121524)

NCJ Number
R I Mawby
Date Published
19 pages
This analysis of the role of voluntary agencies in the criminal justice system in Great Britain notes that greater involvement of the voluntary sector may be considered a more acceptable alternative to privatization of criminal justice.
This is particularly the case where volunteers are incorporated within governmental agencies. However, the distinction between the private sector and voluntary organizations is not always clear. The voluntary sector includes a large variety of organizations, some of which find more favor with the government than others. Voluntary agencies can expect more government support if they make service provision rather than advocacy a priority and if their clients are considered deserving. In addition, governmental support for increased voluntarism can be seen as a political response, because voluntarism has wider public appeal and allows greater central control than does privatization. Thus, it allows the government to reduce its involvement in the provision of services while tightening control over them. Notes and 52 references.


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