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Public protection has become an increasingly central theme in the work of the criminal justice agencies in many parts of the world in recent years. Its high public profile and consequent political sensitivity means that growing numbers of criminal justice professionals find their daily work load dominated by the assessment and management of high risk of harm offenders. Developments such as sex offender registers and (in the UK) Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Mappa) have made this issue not only a core activity for police, probation and prison services, but to a range of other organizations as well, in particular social work and the health services. Partnership has become central to the concept of public protection. At the same time the concept of public protection has occasioned increased political debate. Protecting the public from high risk or dangerous offenders has become an international issue and has increasingly shaped criminal justice policy.
This text brings together leading authorities in the field, providing authoritative coverage of the theory and practice of public protection, both in the UK and internationally. It provides a critical review of contemporary public protection practice as well as up-to-date research and thinking in the field.
Introduction by Andy Williams and Mike Nash Part I: The Context of Public Protection Introduction by the editors 1. Dangers by being despised grow great by Herschel Prins 2. Theorising dangerousness by Mark Brown 3. The politics of public protection by Mike Nash Part II: Assessing and Managing Risk Introduction by the editors 4. Forensic risk assessment: public protection versus offender rights by James Vess 5. Discretion and decision-making in public protection by Nicola Padfield 6. An epistemological chasm? Actuarial risk assessment through OASys by Andy Williams 7. Public protection: erpetrators, predictions, prevention and performance by David Carson and Tim Carson Part III: Doing the Job Introduction by the editors 8. Public protection and the Parole Board by Dick Whitfield 9. Community protection and multi-agency publuic protection arrangements by Hazel Kemshall 10. Public protection work: achieving the possible by Andrew Bridges and Kate White 11. Sex offender management in the community: who are the victims? by Bob Golding Part IV: A Comparative Perspective Introduction by the editors 12. Public protection and community safety in the Netherlands by Francis Pakes 13. Public protection in Scotland: a way forward? by Beth Weaver and Fergus McNeill 14. Sex offender notification: policy imperatives, effectiveness and consequences in the USA by Bill Thompson and Cecil Greek 15. The preventive state: when is prevention of harm harmful? by Eric Janus Part V: Contemporary Issues in Public Protection 16. Electronic Monitoring, satellite tracking and public protection by Mike Nellis 17. Hate crime offending and victimisation: some considerations for public protection by Nathan Hall 18. Punitive policies on sexual offending: from public shaming to public protection by Anne-Marie McAlinden 19. Policing, public protection and minority groups by John Grieve 20. Young offenders and public protection by Kerry Baker 21. Public protectionism and 'Sarah's Law': exerting pressure through single issue campaigns by Stephen P. Savage and Sarah Charman