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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