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The commercial context of criminal justice: Prison privatisation and the perversion of purpose

Genders, E; Player, E; (2007) The commercial context of criminal justice: Prison privatisation and the perversion of purpose. CRIM LAW REV 513 - 529.

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Abstract

This article concerns New Labour's attempt to balance the protection of the public with respect for individual rights and liberties. It considers some of the potentially disturbing consequences of this balancing as it occurs within a system that is increasingly dominated by the new public sector managerialism, as well as by liberal market principles derived from the private sector. The article examines the lessons to be learned from the managerialist agenda and private sector involvement in prisons: in particular, the perverse effects of key performance targets and the fallacy of the "value for money" ideology. It concludes that the importation of free market principles and the consequent elevation of the delivery of criminal justice services to the international stage inevitably add a new dimension to the traditional task of balancing crime control and personal liberty. These dynamics may well result in the derailment of official policy objectives.

Type:Article
Title:The commercial context of criminal justice: Prison privatisation and the perversion of purpose
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws

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