About this book
The book examines recent developments in penal policy, and asks whether they will make for more 'justice'. Drawing on international evidence the author asks whether making the punishment fit the crime can lessen the excessive penalization of the poor, the mentally disordered, and racial minorities. Realist and reductionist agendas are analyzed, but the real problem is our addiction to punishment itself, maintained by the dominance of legal reasoning and the declining influence of social work and psychiatric perspectives in criminal justice decision-making.
crime criminal justice social justice social policy