This article was published as the Editorial of Criminal Justice Matters, No.60 Summer 2005
Analysis and comment on current developments by the Centre's staff, supporters and associates
There has been longstanding support for attempts made to divert individuals, particularly young people, from the courts and criminal justice system. These attempts have often been based on the understanding that the criminal justice system criminalises and often harms those drawn into it and for some people Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) are a recent example of this.
From relatively obscure and humble beginnings 'anti-social behaviour' has become a key theme in the current law and order debate. Politicians of all parties regularly refer to the problem of 'crime and anti-social behaviour'. Policies are proposed, new powers introduced and legislation passed to deal with the problem of anti-social behaviour.
Sean Roberts reviews Labour's plans for community safety, in an article first published in Criminal Justice Matters, No.57 Autumn 2004.
Richard Garside argues that resettlement services or custodial provision should not be bought and sold like soap powder. This article was first published in Safer Society, Summer 2004, by Nacro.