Privatisation in Criminal Justice

Privatisation in Criminal Justice : Key issues and debates

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In recent years, the criminal justice sector has made various strategic partnerships with the private sector, exemplified by initiatives within the police, the prison system, offender services and legal defense. This has seen unprecedented growth in the past quarter of a century, and a veritable explosion under the tenure of the Coalition government in the United Kingdom. This book explores the social, cultural, and political context of privatization in the criminal justice sector. Key areas of domestic and global concern are highlighted and illustrated with detailed case studies of important developments. It connects the study of criminology and criminal justice to the wider study of public policy, government institutions, and political decision making and provides a theoretical and practical framework for evaluating collaborative public and private sector response to social problems at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138891169
  • 9781138891166

Table of contents

1. Introduction, 2. The social History of privatisation, 3. Privatisation in contemporary context: Politics, risk, and globalisation, 4. The privatisation of policing, 5. The privatisation of the prison, 6. The privatisation of offender services, 7. The privatisation of legal defence, 8. Concluding thoughts
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About Sue Hobbs

Christopher Hamerton is Senior Lecturer specialising in Socio-Legal Studies and Criminology at Kingston University. Sue Hobbs was Senior Lecturer in Community Justice at Kingston University before she retired in 2012. She is currently part of a Home Office funded research team carrying out an independent investigation into criminal justice policy and practice since the 1980s.
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