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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?

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

Stephen Riley

Policy Press

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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