Rights and Wrongs: Rethinking the Foundations of Criminal Justice

1. Introduction -- 2. Thinking about Justice -- 3. Thinking about Criminal Justice.-4. Redressing Grievances: The Retaliation Model -- 5. Redressing Grievances: The Criminal Justice Model. 6. Decriminalization -- 7. Policing the Police -- 8. State-Imposed Punishment -- 9. Equality: Racial and Class...

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Main Author: Heffernan, William C. (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
Published: Cham Palgrave Macmillan 2019
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Summary:1. Introduction -- 2. Thinking about Justice -- 3. Thinking about Criminal Justice.-4. Redressing Grievances: The Retaliation Model -- 5. Redressing Grievances: The Criminal Justice Model. 6. Decriminalization -- 7. Policing the Police -- 8. State-Imposed Punishment -- 9. Equality: Racial and Class Disparities in the Context of State-Imposed Punishment -- 10. Afterword
This book seeks to explain why the concept of justice is critical to the study of criminal justice. Heffernan makes such a case by treating state-sponsored punishment as the defining feature of criminal justice. In particular, this work accounts for the state’s role as a surrogate for victims of wrongdoing—and so makes it possible to integrate victimology scholarship into its justice-based framework. In arguing that punishment may be imposed only for wrongdoing, the book proposes a criterion for repudiating the legal paternalism that informs drug-possession laws. Rethinking the Foundations of Criminal Justice outlines steps for taming the state’s power to punish offenders; in particular, it draws on restorative justice research to outline possibilities for a penology that emphasizes offenders’ humanity. Through its examination of equality issues, the book integrates recent work on the social justice/criminal justice connection into the scholarly literature on punishment, and so will particularly appeal to those interested in criminal justice theory
Physical Description:1 Online-Ressource (XII, 149 p. 1 illus)
ISBN:9783030127824
DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-12782-4