Handbook of Public Protection by Mike Nash, Andy Williams

By Mike Nash, Andy Williams

Public safeguard has turn into an more and more imperative topic within the paintings of the legal justice firms in lots of components of the area lately. Its excessive public profile and consequent political sensitivity implies that turning out to be numbers of legal justice execs locate their day-by-day workload ruled through the evaluate and administration of excessive danger of damage offenders. advancements equivalent to intercourse criminal registers and (in the united kingdom) Multi supplier Public safeguard preparations (Mappa) have made this factor not just a center task for police, probation and legal companies, yet to more than a few different orga. learn more... booklet conceal; name; Copyright; Contents; Figures and tables; Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Notes on members; creation; half One: The Context of Public defense; creation; bankruptcy 1 'Dangers by means of being despised develop great'; bankruptcy 2 Theorising dangerousness; bankruptcy three The politics of public safety; half : Assessing and handling chance; creation; bankruptcy four Forensic possibility overview: Public safety as opposed to criminal rights; bankruptcy five Discretion and decision-making in public security; bankruptcy 6 An epistemological chasm? Acturial danger assement via OASys

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It is the evidence that decision-making bodies, such as courts, mental health review tribunals, the Parole Board and the Ministry of Justice, require in order to make the most effective decisions. This necessitates having an accurate and full record of, for example, the index offence or other incident and in addition the person’s previous history, especially their previous convictions. A bare legal description tells us nothing about seriousness of intention at the time of the offence, or its 31 Handbook of Public Protection prognostic significance.

Prins reminds us that human judgement is fallible and system failure is almost inevitable – as such it is important that false assurances of safety and risk minimalisation are not given. Those who choose this route (politicians might be tempted) should remember that pride comes before a fall. But perhaps Prins’ main message has to be the importance of information, notably about the offender and his/her offending behaviour. Gathering this information is a painstaking process and requires an enquiring mind.

Gathering this information is a painstaking process and requires an enquiring mind. His chapter might go some way to helping practitioners to think along these lines. Mark Brown sets out to make us think about and rethink our perceptions of dangerousness. By working with the notion of the sex offender as monster he explores why certain offenders enter the realm of dangerousness and why other, equally serious offenders do not – with the more recent exception of terror suspects. Brown utilises the ‘black box’ model of the human mind (into which one cannot see) to try to understand why people make quite specific demands that quite specific sorts of offenders be subject to an equally specific set of measures of control and prevention.

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