Measuring Justice: Defining Concepts, Developing Practice

Armstrong, S. , McCulloch, P., Weaver, B. and Reed, D. (2020) Measuring Justice: Defining Concepts, Developing Practice. Project Report. SCCJR, Glasgow.

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How just is justice? This report documents research exploring this question in terms of criminal justice experiences. This involved an international review of English language studies that attempted in some way to measure an experience of justice. The research was funded by a Scottish Government call to explore experiences of justice and was guided by two frames currently influential in policy: procedural justice and person-centred support. These frames are considered in detail but we also found over a dozen concepts of justice invoked in research on justice experiences. Other chapters document the range of techniques employed to measure justice, and the ways a sense of justice varies by the position or role in a justice process, the crime involved and the stage of a legal process. Eight factors are commonly identified for a sense of justice when part of a criminal legal process. The report concludes with key messages, primarily that a justice journey does not begin or end with a criminal justice process.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Additional Information:A copy of this document is available from the SCCJR website.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Armstrong, Professor Sarah and Reed, Mr Dominic
Authors: Armstrong, S., McCulloch, P., Weaver, B., and Reed, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Authors 2020
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