Criminal Injustice: An Evaluation of the Criminal Justice Process in BritainHardback
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- Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 141mm x 222mm x 24mm | 538g
- Publication date: 11 October 1999
- Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
- ISBN 10: 0333650697
- ISBN 13: 9780333650691
- Illustrations note: bibliography, index
Drawing upon a wealth of research evidence, this text examines the historical, structural, cultural and political tensions that exist within the criminal process and the ways in which routine injustices and wrongful convictions are produced. The nature of the now infamous miscarriage of justice cases is explored, together with the impact of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice Report of 1993 and the wave of legislation which followed it. Reforms such as curtailment of the right to silence and guilty plea sentence discounts reflect a shift from due process rhetoric to an overriding concern with the efficient use of resources in ways which benefit the system rather than protect the accused. The result, argue the authors, is a criminal justice process which is more, rather than less, likely to produce wrongful convictions.
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JACQUELINE HODGSON was appointed Research Fellow at the University of Warwick in 1988 and took up the post of lecturer there in 1991. She is currently directing a project examining the investigations and prosecution of crime in France. FRANK BELLONI is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Table of contents
Preface List of Cases List of Statutes List of Abbreviations The Criminal Justice System and Miscarriages of Justice in England and Wales Policing on the Ground - Gathering Evidence The Suspect at the Police Station Remedies for Police Misconduct The Right of Silence Prosecution, Bail and Trial Venue Disclosure and Sentence Discounts The Trial The Appellate System and Miscarriages of Justice Concluding Comments Bibliography Index