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NCJ Number: 63109 Find in a Library
Title: OFFICIAL ADVISORY BODIES (FROM PENAL POLICY-MAKING IN ENGLAND, 1977, BY NIGEL WALKER AND HENRI GILLER - SEE NCJ-63107)
Author(s): B WOOTTON
Corporate Author: University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: University of Cambridge
Cambridge, CB3 9DT, England
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: TRADITIONAL BRITISH ADVISORY BOARDS COMPOSED OF INTERESTED LAY MEN HAVE BEEN SUPERCEDED IN MODERN TIMES BY OFFICIAL BOARDS RECRUITED FROM PERSONS WITH EXPERTISE IN THE SUBJECT INVESTIGATED.
Abstract: TRADITIONAL CONCEPT EVISAGED A BODY OF INDEPENDENT, JUDICIALLY MINDED PERSONS WHO MODELED THEMSELVES ON THE PROCEDURE OF A COURT OF LAW AND REACHED THEIR CONCLUSIONS BY TAKING EVIDENCE FROM THOSE WHO HAD THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE THEY THEMSELVES LACKED. TODAY THE TYPICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS MAINLY RECRUITED FROM PERSONS ALREADY VERSED IN THE SUBJECT TO BE INVESTIGATED. SINCE SUCH EXPERTS TEND TO BE EXPENDABLE, MEETINGS BECOME MORE DIFFICULT TO ARRANGE. AND COMMITTEES TAKE LONGER TO PRODUCE REPORTS. MOREOVER, THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN A PARTICULAR FIELD TEND TO HAVE ALREADY FORMED OPINIONS ABOUT IT. IT IS ALSO NOW USUAL TO HAVE SEVERAL CIVIL SERVANTS SITTING IN WITH THE COMMITTEE. IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT ADVISORY BODIES ARE LARGELY OUTMODED AND SHOULD BE REPLACED PERHAPS BY MUCH SMALLER GROUPS OF SPECIALISTS WHO START FROM COMMON PREMISES AND WORK FULL TIME FOR SHORT PERIODS ON RESTRICTED PROBLEMS WITH ACCESS TO RESEARCH FACILITIES WHEN APPROPRIATE. NOTES ARE GIVEN AND A DISCUSSION APPENDED. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Citizen advisory committees; Correctional reform; England; Penology
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