Influences on Criminal Justice Policy, 1959–2009

David Faulkner

in The Eternal Recurrence of Crime and Control: Essays in Honour of Paul Rock

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580231
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702280 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Influences on Criminal Justice Policy, 1959–2009

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This chapter considers some of the influences which have affected policy on crime and criminal justice in recent times. It also discusses the expectations and relationships that have been involved and their implications for the policy-making process. One particular example is the influence of scientific research. In the early 1960s, the government believed that scientific research could ‘cure’ crime. The White Paper set out a programme of penal reform based on a medical or treatment model, including research-based policies for the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of offenders; and a programme for building new prisons, including special remand and observation centres and psychiatric prisons.

Keywords: policy; crime; criminal justice; policy-making; scientific research; White Paper

Chapter.  5160 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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