persistent offenders

Crime, persistent offenders and the justice gap

Crime, persistent offenders and the justice gap begins by outlining the problem of ‘attrition’ in the criminal justice system. Attrition refers to the gap between levels of known crime and the response of the criminal justice system in terms of prosecutions, convictions and sentencing. As this paper illustrates, different understandings of known crime lead to different conclusions about the attrition rate.

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