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Criminal Justice in Scotland

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ISBN13: 9781855218994
ISBN: 1855218992
Published: July 2000
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

This text presents a comprehensive and expansive account of Scotland's criminal justice processes and agencies. Combining detailed description of legal rules and institutional structures with policy analysis and socio-legal reflections, it aims to offer an understanding of the distinctive characteristics of the Scottish system and its relation to the criminal justice practice of other jurisdictions.;The text concerns itself with practices and outcomes as well as with laws and official policy statements, viewing criminal justice not as a closed, coherent system, but as a chain of loosely coupled agencies whose inter-relations are problematic and whose practices are subject to external demands and political pressures. The book aims to reach beyond the criminal justice state, to discuss the ways in which citizens and private agencies play a part in preventing and controlling crime. It also highlights the variation that characterizes those caught up in the criminal justice process - juveniles, women, racial minorities, victims and the mentally ill - and describes the distinctive treatment they receive. The main aim of the text is to provide a description of the whole range of the criminal justice process in Scotland and to locate Scottish institutions and practices in broader theoretical and political contexts, from a primarily socio-legal perspective.

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Crime trends in Scotland since 1950; crime statistics and the ""problem of crime"" in Scotland; classifying Scottish criminal procedure; the politics of crime prevention - the safer cities experiment in Scotland; situating Scottish policing; the prosecution service - independence and accountability; criminal justice responses to bail abuse; courts; sentencing in Scotland; the fine as auto-punishment - power, money and discipline; community-based disposals; imprisonment and other custodial sentences; preventing offending by children and young people in Scotland; mental disorder and criminal justice; women and the Scottish criminal justice system; Scottish ethnic minorities, crime and the police; victims of crime; privatization, policing and crime control - tracing the contours of the public-private divide; the politics of penality - an overview of the development of penal policy in Scotland.