Aims of the Criminal Justice System

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Title Aims of the Criminal Justice System
Author Daly, Kathleen
Book Title Crime and Justice: An Australian Textbook in Criminology
Editor Andrew Goldsmith, Mark Israel, and Kathleen Daly
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Pyrmont, NSW
Publisher Lawbook Company
Abstract INTRODUCTION This chapter considers the purposes, aims, and values of a criminal justice system and the controversy surrounding each of its terms: system, justice, and criminal. It describes the agencies that form the justice system and the passage of cases through it. Central to the criminal process is the exercise of discretion by police officers, prosecutors, defence attorneys, judicial officers, probation officers, and community and institutional correctional staff. As important are the roles of ordinary citizens in reporting crime, working with officials, and participating in the process. Ordinary citizens and justice system workers have strong beliefs on what a criminal justice system should try to achieve. These debates are reviewed, and models of the criminal process are described. Major theories of punishment and their changing popularity across two centuries are also discussed.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 Thomson Legal & Regulatory Limited. Please refer to the book link for access to the definitive, published version.
Edition 2nd
Chapter Number 12
Page from 221
Page to 242
ISBN 0-455-21831-5
Date Accessioned 2004-02-23
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Criminology
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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