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NCJ Number: 76639 Find in a Library
Title: Framework of Criminal Justice
Author(s): M King
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 165
Sponsoring Agency: Croom Helm Ltd
Dover, NH 03820
Sale Source: Croom Helm Ltd
51 Washington Street
81 Adams Drive
Dover, NH 03820
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: An interpretation of the British criminal justice process is presented which draws together both social theory and empirical data on magistrates' courts and examines the relationship between formal rules and procedures and actual behavior.
Abstract: The criminal justice process is analyzed by using six models, each of which expresses a different justification for criminal justice and punishment: (1) the due process model -- exacting justice between equal parties; (2) the crime control model -- punishing wrong and preventing further crime; (3) the bureaucratic model -- controlling crime and criminals; (4) the medical model -rehabilitating offenders; (5) the status passage model -- publicly denouncing the crime and criminal; and (6) the power model -- maintaining domination by the ruling class and reinforcing class values. The study examines the formal rules and procedures of the magistrate court system within the context of these models and also discusses the roles of the actors (police, defendant, magistrate, court clerks, and lawyers). Next, the study depicts eight scenes that occur from the defendant's arrest through a court hearing to sentencing. It assesses how closely the activity and behavior within the system follow the formal protections granted by the British system of justice, and it concludes that the process is far more complex and the rules far more open to interpretation than is commonly believed. The book suggests that this miscalculation has led to the failure of various reforms -- special attention is given to the Bail Reform Act of 1976 and two sections of the Criminal Law Act of 1977. It further suggests that real reform must depend upon an understanding of the political nature of the criminal justice system. A bibliography of 60 citations is provided.
Index Term(s): Court reform; Court rules; Defendants; England; Law reform; Magistrates; Models
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