Selected Papers Presented at the Fourth Central and Eastern European Forum for Legal, Political and Social Theorists, Celje, 23–24 March 2012
Edited By Péter Cserne, Miklós Könczöl and Marta Soniewicka
Shielding Criminal Justice from Politics
Mojca M. Plesničar
The ‘(re-)insulation’ of criminal justice policy-making is a proposition that has been suggested by several criminologists and other commentators of recent developments in the field of criminal justice (Pettit 2002; Zimring and Johnson 2006; Lacey 2007; Sherman 2009). The common underlying assumption of such suggestions is an explicit denouncement of the status quo, in which the field seems to have been taken to intolerable levels of politicisation, in turn producing overly punitive policies and practices. While the advocates of the return to a state where crime is insulated from the openly public and political debate seem to believe that this is a feasible and indispensable measure, the considerations to be made in determining the final answer are many.
In this paper, I will first briefly outline the reasoning of different proponents of insulation in criminal justice policy-making and their arguments for such an approach. I will then consider whether the solutions they put forward bring about desirable outcomes for modern societies and examine some potential drawbacks. I will finish the discussion with some general remarks on what (re)insulation would mean and whether it is at this time a desirable and possible aim.
Direct public involvement as a generator of punitiveness
The proponents of the ‘insulation model’ (Loader 2009, 6) together with many others involved with criminal justice seem to agree that current trends in criminal justice are illiberal, unwise and detrimental...
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