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The Private Sector and Criminal Justice

  • Anthea Hucklesby
  • Stuart Lister


  • Explores a broad range of theoretical and ethical debates surrounding private sector involvement in criminal justice

  • Brings together the top experts in this field

  • Questions the efficiency of privatised probation and prison services


About this book


This book brings together a collection of essays by leading criminologists to explore the relationship between the private sector and criminal justice. The private sector has become an increasingly important ‘partner’ in contemporary criminal justice with the unprecedented growth of public sector ‘outsourcing’ arrangements. This has resulted in an increasingly pluralised and marketised landscape of contemporary criminal justice. 

This edited collection examines these developments in different jurisdictions as well as in a wide range of criminal justice contexts and sectors including: the private security sector, policing, prisons, probation and community sanctions, and electronic monitoring. In so doing, it addresses fundamental normative, ideological and ethical debates about the role of the private sector within this new and evolving landscape, as well as descriptive and analytical questions about how criminal justice structures, agencies and processes functio
n and with what effect. 
The Private Sector and Criminal Justice is essential reading for scholars and students of criminology, penology, policing, security, criminal justice and organisational and management studies. It is also an invaluable resource for criminal justice practitioners.


law policy post-modern era governance market state social order neo-liberalism privatisation correction civil liberties probation services offenders

Editors and affiliations

  • Anthea Hucklesby
    • 1
  • Stuart Lister
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of LawUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Anthea Hucklesby is Professor of Criminal Justice at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in the School of Law at the University of Leeds, UK, and Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation.

Stuart Lister is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in the School of Law, University of Leeds, UK, where he teaches and researches in the fields of criminal justice, policing and security.

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