Community psychology and injustice in the criminal justice system

Duckett, P. and Schinkel, M. (2008) Community psychology and injustice in the criminal justice system. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 18(5), pp. 518-526. (doi: 10.1002/casp.947)

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In this short paper, we consider the partnership between psychology and the criminal justice system in Western societies and critically reflect on the notion of criminal justice as expressed in such a system. Focusing on how the criminal justice system operates in the UK, and in particular in Scotland, we consider the way the system criminalizes those who previously have been socially and economically disadvantaged. We ask whether community psychology has become negligent in the attention it brings to such a pernicious form of victim blaming and as such has shown insufficient critical engagement with systems that create social harm, and whether it is paying enough attention to the impact of a criminal justice system that is contributing to the creation of a more punitive, fractured and unjust society.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Commentary
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schinkel, Dr Marguerite
Authors: Duckett, P., and Schinkel, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
ISSN (Online):1099-1298

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