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NCJ Number: 211784 
Title: Dim Prospects: Humanistic Values and the Fate of Community Justice (From Community Justice: Issues for Probation and Criminal Justice, P 33-51, 2005, Jane Winstone and Francis Pakes, eds. -- See NCJ-211782)
Author(s): Mike Nellis
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This chapter affirms the importance of basing criminal justice policy and practice in humanistic values, and it suggests that the emerging concepts of community justice hold the most promise for achieving this objective.
Abstract: "Humanism" is a belief system predicated on the absolute moral worth of all human beings and the imperative of creating conditions and providing services for one another that reduce human suffering and facilitate positive attitudes and behaviors. Currently, politicians rarely appeal to humanistic values as the basis for justifying new criminal justice legislation to the public. Contemporary British Home Office strategy has focused on the protection of the public, the reduction of crime, and the enhancement of community safety, with a less frequent reference to "rehabilitation." This chapter reviews concepts that have emerged under the rubric of "community justice," which is a strategy that blends the separate spheres of "alternatives to prison" and "crime prevention" into a single strategy. A British case example of community justice is the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre, which began operating in December 2004. It consists of a court attended by an array of support workers who address the types of crimes that most concern local residents. Priorities, policies, strategies, and practice in responding to crime receive significant input from the community. This holds out hope for a frank and constructive interaction between professionals and community residents about how to respond to crime, offenders, and victims. Hopefully, this interaction will call forth humanistic values that will reinvent the criminal justice enterprise. This chapter assesses the prospects for a merging of humanistic values and community justice. 33 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Community Justice; Foreign criminal justice systems; Professional conduct and ethics; United Kingdom (UK)
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