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Politics and Morality in Major Crime Reviews

Cheryl Allsop

in Cold Case Reviews

Published in print February 2018 | ISBN: 9780198747451
Published online March 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191810459 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198747451.003.0010

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Politics and Morality in Major Crime Reviews

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This chapter examines the politics in relation to major crime reviews inherent in the everyday workings of the review team, evident in the decision making relevant to what is to be reviewed and where money and resources will be expended. What becomes apparent is that the decision making of the team, in deciding whether and how to progress individual cases, is a mixture of pragmatism combined with moral reasoning when deciding whether particular cold cases are worth pursuing. The foundations on which the case has been built for creating and continuing to invest in cold case reviews is reiterated, and consideration is given to how successful the cold case reviews are, and how this might impact on the future of the review team. Their apparently modest level of success is considered in relation to the morale of the team and how review officers justify their work to themselves.

Keywords: pragmatism; morality; politics; morale; decision making; victim support; victims; rape; publicity; twenty-eight-day progress reviews

Chapter.  11339 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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