Minimising the social welfare impact of crime

04 April 2013

Virtually all criminal justice systems conflate the justice and welfare aspects of crime. Separating the justice and welfare aspects of crime into two ministries is better at both meting out justice and promoting welfare. The end result is a ministry devoted exclusively to the welfare aspects of crime.

The justice and welfare implications of crime are categorically different, and yet they are mingled in contemporary criminal justice policy. Measures to prevent crime, to rehabilitate criminals, and to protect society against the dangerous are considered goals of criminal justice alongside retributive justice, with the result that justice is compromised, policy unfocussed, and public resources misspent and misdirected.

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