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Against criminal injustice, for social justice: reflections and possibilities

Scott, DG (2015) Against criminal injustice, for social justice: reflections and possibilities. European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control Newsletter, 02.

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Abstract

At the time of writing, April 2015, the general election in the United Kingdom is only a few weeks away. We are in urgent need of plausible and radical alternatives to the neoliberal rhetoric of mainstream political parties and the formulation of new social policies that can rewrite the old story of the’ rich getting richer and the poor getting prison’. We need to start with an honest appraisal of the limitations of contemporary political and penal governance in our times (in the UK and across many other countries in Europe) and formulate a new vision promoting social solidarity, human emancipation and genuine equality for all. In this paper I wish to make some progress in this direction by discussing the problem of ‘criminal injustice’ – that is the injustices and inequalities exacerbated by the criminal process – and the urgent need to tackle such ‘criminal injustice’ through radical interventions grounded in the principles of social justice. Let me start though by thinking about the nature and extent of ‘criminal injustice’.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: EG Press
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 10:17
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 10:17
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3487

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