Source: (2010) In, Katherine Doolin, et. al, eds., Whose criminal justice? State or community?. Hook, Hampshire: Waterside Press. Pp. 33-50.
The idea for this book originated, in part, from a concern about the continual expansion of criminal law and state regulation. Unless the huge financial and personal costs of this — e.g. stress, disaffection and the erosion of freedom — can be justified, this expansion should be rolled back. This chapter therefore has several aims: to clarify the relationship between ‘criminal justice’ and regulation; to discuss different frameworks for analysis of the costs and benefits of criminal justice; and to suggest a reasoned basis and strategy for rolling back state power. (excerpt)
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