1st Edition

Justice Alternatives

Edited By Pat Carlen, Leandro Ayres França Copyright 2019
    412 Pages
    by Routledge

    412 Pages
    by Routledge

    Justice is one of the most debated and reinterpreted of concepts within the fields of law, criminology and criminal justice. Bringing together 35 leading thinkers, analysts and campaigners from around the world, this collection presents a range of on-going struggles for justice from abolitionist, transitional, transformative, indigenous, green and restorative perspectives.

    Against a background of contemporary concerns about dark money, plutocracies and populism, these chapters raise questions about  the relationships between social justice and criminal justice and between democracy, knowledge and justice. Overall, the chapters also demonstrate the breadth, variety and vibrancy of contemporary criminology and include, amongst other cutting-edge contributions, chapters by John Braithwaite, Michelle Brown, Ian Loader, Pat O’Malley, Joe Sim, Susanne Karstedt, Phil Scraton, Richard Sparks, Loïc Wacquant and Sandra Walklate.

    Justice Alternatives is essential reading for students of criminology, criminal justice and law, as well as for other scholars and activists concerned about social justice, policing, courts, imprisonment, mass supervision, rights and privatized justice. The book’s emphasis upon the importance of imagination, experimentation, innovation and debate aims to  promote an optimism that there are always alternatives to inequality, domination and oppression.


    PART 1: Imagine

    1. Justice alternatives: Imagine, experiment, debate
    2. Pat Carlen

    3. Asking the domination question about justice
    4. John Braithwaite

    5. What price justice? The failures of the left and the political economy of the future
    6. Simon Winlow and Steve Hall

    7. Green justice
    8. Reece Walters

    9. Justice without crime and punishment? Security, harm and compensation in a neoliberal world
    10. Pat O’Malley

    11. Transformative justice and new abolition in the United States
    12. Michelle Brown

    13. Resisting mass supervision: Reform and abolition
    14. Fergus McNeill

      PART 2: Experiment

    15. Democratic experimentalism and the futures of crime control: Resources of hope for demotic times
    16. Ian Loader and Richard Sparks

    17. The Hillsborough Independent Panel and the UK state: An alternative route to ‘truth’, ‘apology’ and ‘justice’
    18. Phil Scraton

    19. Legal mobilization, rights and social change in Brazil: Reasons for optimism
    20. Clara Moura Masiero

    21. Roads to freedom? Indigenous mobility and settler law in Central Australia
    22. Harry Blagg and Thalia Anthony

    23. Education for justice in the shadows of neoliberal carceralism
    24. Tim Goddard and Randy Myers

    25. Living in La La Land:‘Snowflakes’, social change and alternative responses to sexual assault
    26. Sandra Walklate

    27. Communicating justice: Alternative judicial approaches
    28. Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack

    29. The non-criminalization principle in accordance with the new Brazilian migration law
    30. Ana Luisa Zago de Moraes, translated by Alexandre Sales Cabral Arlota

    31. Restorative justice for women’s rights
    32. Jacqueline Sinhoretto and Juliana Tonche

      PART 3: Debate

    33. Challenging the desecration of the human spirit: An alternative criminological perspective on safety and self-inflicted deaths in prison
    34. Joe Sim

    35. Pathways to justice: Indigenous democracy and the Uluru Statement from the Heart
    36. David Brown

    37. Inequality and punishment: Insights from Latin America
    38. Susanne Karstedt

    39. The other prices of privatised justice: Marketing prison alternatives
    40. Anne Worrall

    41. Justice for rape complainants: Limitations and possibilities
    42. Anna Carline and Clare Gunby

    43. Alternative approaches to criminal records: How can we achieve justice as fairness?
    44. Andrew Henley

    45. Cyber-risk and restorative practices in schools
    46. Michael Adorjan, Rosemary Ricciardelli and Mohana Mukherjee

    47. Youth in transition or young people in the community? Alternative conceptions of the relevance of age in shaping responses to young people in trouble with the law
    48. Jo Phoenix

    49. The futility and necessity of human rights in an era of carceral hyperinflation

              Loïc Wacquant


    Pat Carlen is an English sociologist. She was co-founder (with Chris Tchaikovsky) of the UK campaigning group Women in Prison and Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Criminology 2006–2013; recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Sellin-Glueck Prize, the British Society of Criminology’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Lincoln University. She has published over 20 books including Magistrates’ Justice and Women’s Imprisonment. A biographical chapter is to be found in Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology (Routledge 2010). A Criminological Imagination: Essays on Punishment, Justice, Discourse was published by Ashgate in 2010. Alternative Criminologies, edited with Leandro Ayres França, was published in 2017 by Canal Ciencias Criminais in Brazil and by Routledge in the UK.

    Leandro Ayres França is Professor of Criminology, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at Faculdade Estácio Rio Grande do Sul. He has a Master in Criminal Sciences by Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul’s (PUCRS) Criminal Sciences Graduation Program and is Coordinator of the Contemporaneous Criminologies Study Group, host of the radio program Café e Fúria, broadcasted by minima.fm. He is also author/editor of Ensaio de uma Vida Bandida (2007), Inimigo ou a Inconveniência de Existir (2012), Vestígios da Copa (co-authored with Alysson Ramos Artuso, Gisele Eberspächer, Henrique Valle, Leonardo Carbonieri Campoy, Maira da Silveira Marques and Uriel Moeller, 2014), and As Marcas do Cárcere (co-authored with Alfredo Steffen Neto and Alysson Ramos Artuso, 2016). For more information, visit: www.ayresfranca.com.