Handbook of Public Protection

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843928508
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/25/2010
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

List of abbreviations

Acknowledgements

Notes on contributors

Introduction Mike Nash Nash, Mike 1

Part One The Context of Public Protection

Introduction Andy Williams Williams, Andy 11

1 'Dangers by being despised grow great' Herschel Prins Prins, Herschel 15

2 Theorising dangerousness Mark Brown Brown, Mark 40

3 The politics of public protection Mike Nash Nash, Mike 60

Part Two Assessing and Managing Risk

Introduction Andy Williams Williams, Andy 83

4 Forensic risk assessment: public protection versus offender rights James Vess Vess, James 87

5 Discretion and decision-making in public protection Nicola Padfield Padfield, Nicola 103

6 An epistemological chasm? Actuarial risk assessment through OASys Andy Williams Williams, Andy 133

7 Public protection: perpetrators, predictions, prevention and performance Tim Carson Carson, Tim 162

Part Three Doing the Job

Introduction Andy Williams Williams, Andy 181

8 Public protection and the Parole Board in England and Wales Dick Whitfield Whitfield, Dick 185

9 Community protection and multi-agency public protection arrangements Hazel Kemshall Kemshall, Hazel 199

10 Public protection work: achieving the possible Kate White White, Kate 217

11 Sex offender management in the community: who are the victims? Bob Golding Golding, Bob 234

Part Four A Comparative Perspective

Introduction Andy Williams Williams, Andy 251

12 Public protection and community safety in the Netherlands Francis Pakes Pakes, Francis 257

13 Public protection in Scotland: a way forward? Fergus McNeill McNeill, Fergus 272

14 Sex offender notification: policy imperatives, effectives and consequences in the USA Cecil Greek Greek, Cecil 295

15 The preventive state: when is prevention of harm harmful? Eric Janus Janus, Eric 316

Part Five Contemporary Issues in Public Protection

Introduction Andy Williams Williams, Andy 337

16 Electronic monitoring, satellite tracking and public protection Mike Nellis Nellis, Mike 341

17 Hate crime offending and victimisation: some considerations for public protection Nathan Hall Hall, Nathan 361

18 Punitive policies on sexual offending: from public shaming to public protection Anne-Marie McAlinden McAlinden, Anne-Marie 380

19 Policing, public protection and minority groups John Grieve Grieve, John 399

20 Young offenders and public protection Kerry Baker Baker, Kerry 417

21 Public protectionism and 'Sarah's Law': exerting pressure through single issue campaigns Sarah Charman Charman, Sarah 434

Index 455

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