Perceptions of Criminal Justice (Hardback)Vicky de Mesmaecker (author)
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In recent decades, research into the legitimacy of criminal justice has convincingly demonstrated the importance of procedural justice to citizens' sense of trust and confidence in legal authorities and their resulting willingness to conform to the law and cooperate with the legal authorities. Reversing the age-old question 'why do people break the law?', theories of procedural justice have provided insight into the factors that encourage people to abide by the law, suggesting that experiences of procedural fairness are crucial to achieving compliance with the law and to enhancing the legitimacy of criminal justice.
While these studies are important in showing that legal authorities need to pay attention to the fairness judgements of the people involved in legal procedures, the focus on showing the importance of procedural justice has had the ironic consequence of distracting researchers from studying the equally important question of what fairness means to the people involved in legal proceedings.
In one of the first studies on procedural justice to use a qualitative research design, the author provides the reader with detailed and insightful descriptions of the elements that determine how victims and defendants assess the fairness of their contact with the police and the courts. Focusing on both the pre-trial and the post-trial phases, this book will be of interest to academics and students engaged in the study of the psychology of law, procedural justice and the legitimacy of criminal justice.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 170
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm
'This is cutting edge work, which addresses current debates in the fields of criminology, victimology and social psychology. A must-read for anyone interested in justice issues.' - Jo-Anne Wemmers, Professor, School of Criminology, Universite de Montreal, Canada
'Using detailed, open-ended interviews with victims and offenders, this book expands the widely used but conceptually limited framework within which researchers have explored procedural justice issues. It reinvigorates the field with a new and broader conceptual framework through which to understand how fairness is defined by those involved in the criminal justice system.' - Tom R. Tyler, Macklin Fleming, Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School, USA
'The insights of procedural justice research are of crucial importance for most fields of law, yet they are hardly integrated into current legal discourse and practice. In order to make procedural justice operational, we need to know what people experience as fair or unfair in a wide range of different circumstances. It is therefore my sincere hope that this book will set a trend of qualitative research in the field of procedural justice.' - Prof. Dr. Eva Brems, Ghent University Law School, Belgium
'This illuminating volume contains important messages for all those involved in procedural justice research. Interviews with defendants and victims within the Belgian criminal justice system demonstrate the complex, multi-dimensional nature of people's "justice judgements", and underline the need for a more detailed conceptual and empirical understanding of the idea of procedural justice. Everyone interested in moving this exciting area of research forward should read this book.' - Ben Bradford, Departmental Lecturer in Criminology, University of Oxford, UK
'Perceptions of Criminal Justice is a very important study... It will undoubtedly become one of the main reads in the realm of legitimacy of justice.' Martine Herzog-Evans, University of Rheims, Punishment and Society
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