Hard Lessons: Reflections on Governance and Crime Control in Late Modernity, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Hard Lessons

Reflections on Governance and Crime Control in Late Modernity, 1st Edition

By Gordon Tait


206 pages

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Hardback: 9780815389408
pub: 2019-04-15

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Originally published in 2004. The essays in this engaging book catalogue a wide and varied range of instances where 'things go wrong' in the practices of criminal justice. The contributions document instances where laws, policies and practices have produced unintended consequences of the most deleterious kind, drawing attention to the prison system, 'boot camps', detention centres and specific penal policies such as the 'short, sharp shock', parental penalty and 'three strikes and you're out'. Also examined are policing practices such as 'zero tolerance', 'saturation policing' and punitive laws in the areas of drug use, sex offences and prostitution. It is demonstrated that in each of these cases the objectives of government resulted in the creation of new and unforeseen problems requiring further reform of the criminal justice system. This is a familiar tale characteristic of the modernist impulses of contemporary government based on the notion that crime can be identified, managed and controlled through the application and administration of institutionalised polices and practices. The present culture of 'high crime' - despite a top-heavy apparatus of crime control - appears to indicate the very opposite.

Table of Contents

Contents: Modernity and the 'failure' of crime control, Gordon Tait; Governing 'fear of crime', Murray Lee; The control of drugs in New Zealand, Greg Newbold; Korrectional karaoke: new Labour and the zombification of youth justice, John Pitts; Expect the unexpected: DNA, guilt and innocence, Barbara Ann Hocking and Hamish McCallum; Parental restitution: soft target for rough justice, Anthony McMahon; In pursuit of the responsibilized self: boot camps, crime and punishment, Richard Hil; The political resonance of crime control strategies: zero tolerance policing, Chris Cunneen; Good prostitutes and bad prostitutes: some unintended consequences of governmental regulation, Belinda Carpenter; Unintended consequences or deliberate racial hygiene strategies: the question of child removal policies, Judith Bessant; Postscript: which way is up?, John Pitts.

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