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Values in criminology and community justice$
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Malcolm Cowburn, Marian Duggan, Anne Robinson, and Paul Senior

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300359

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.001.0001

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The public–private divide: which side is criminal justice on?

The public–private divide: which side is criminal justice on?

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(p.223) Thirteen The public–private divide: which side is criminal justice on?
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Values in criminology and community justice
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Stephen Riley

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.003.0013

The division between public and private depends upon our social and political values because it forms part of our general concern with the proper limits of governmental power in a liberal state. The divide also shapes our values because it informs what we can expect, or demand, of people given their public or private status. This chapter explores the public-private divide as a crucial meeting-point between criminology, political philosophy, and criminal justice practice. It argues that the line between public and private is always dynamic and that, as a consequence, there can be no simple way to evaluate the rights and responsibilities of private actors within a criminal justice system.

Keywords:   Liberalism, political philosophy, private actors, public-private divide, responsibilities, rights

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