Controlling crime and disorder: the Labour legacy

Sarah Charman and Stephen P. Savage

in Modernising the welfare state

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420404
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302834 | DOI:
Controlling crime and disorder: the Labour legacy

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This chapter reviews New Labour's crime policy. The Labour government, under Tony Blair, concerned itself with more fundamental ‘third order change’ or ‘paradigm shifts’. From the first utterance of the ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’ mantra, Labour made it very clear that crime and law and order would be headline priorities. These ‘paradigm shifts’ that Blair presided over were dominated by politicians in an effort to respond to what they felt to be the concerns of the public. A rebalancing of the criminal justice system away from the offender and increasing efforts focused on the victims of crime have been fundamental shifts in emphasis. A distinct change of focus in terms of the aims of the criminal justice system has also been witnessed.

Keywords: crime policy; New Labour; criminal justice system; offenders; crime victims

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