Creating spaces for change: engaging civil society to harness change in criminal justice practice

Trish McCulloch (Lead / Corresponding author), Mark Smith

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Abstract

In a context of neoliberal penality, crime is falling yet prison populations continue to rise. Governments profess to recognise the problem yet have had little impact on underlying trends in criminal justice practice. This paper reports on a Scottish initiative to try and disrupt this cycle through broadening the base for deliberation upon justice matters to include civil society. In so doing we sought to build upon an emerging civic engagement evident in the wake of the 2014 Independence Referendum. Our premise was that to effect change requires that we look beyond policy fixes to the values and the socio-cultural drivers that take practice in particular directions. We conclude with a reflection on the obstacles to change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-247
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Probation
Volume9
Issue number3
Early online date21 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Scotland
  • criminal justice
  • punishment
  • knowledge exchange
  • civil society
  • values

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