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Where Next For Criminal Justice?$
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David Faulkner and Ros Burnett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428929

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428929.001.0001

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What happened in criminal justice: the 1980s

What happened in criminal justice: the 1980s

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Where Next For Criminal Justice?

David Faulkner

Ros Burnett

Policy Press

This chapter describes the confidence that existed up to the 1960s; the period of disillusion which followed; and the strategy that the Conservative government developed during the first part of its period in office (corresponding roughly with Margaret Thatcher's time as Prime Minister). During the 1980s, the government, the judiciary and the criminal justice services began to realise that traditional assumptions and practices could not deal adequately with issues of race and ethnicity, and that minority groups would not receive justice unless changes were made. They also came to acknowledge that victims of crime had been neglected for too long and that the scheme of compensation for criminal injuries introduced in the 1960s was an inadequate response to their needs. Drug abuse developed into a major social problem. Crime was increasing. That was the period during which the government for the first time began to develop a comprehensive strategy for preventing and reducing crime, for supporting victims and for improving the quality of justice as well as the treatment of those who commit it, and, at the same time, for coordinating the work of government departments, courts and public services.

Keywords:   effectiveness, proportionality, judiciary, 1980s, Conservative government, Criminal Justice Act, Woolf Report, crime prevention, victim, consultation

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