Overuse in the Criminal Justice System

The criminal justice system encompasses the most severe instrument at the state’s disposal in times of peace. For this and many other reasons, overuse of that system is a serious matter. Containing an extensive collection of expert knowledge, this volume intends to expose legal possibilities, good practices and the many challenges that lie ahead when attempting to prevent overuse in the criminal justice system.

Editor(s):
Piet Hein van Kempen
Series:
International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation
Volume:
47
book | forthcoming | 1st edition
April 2019 | 620 pp.

Hardback
€99.-


ISBN 9781780688220


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Publication date: April 15, 2019

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The criminal justice system encompasses the most severe instrument at the state’s disposal in times of peace. For this and many other reasons, overuse of that system is a serious matter.

It may present itself in different forms. Overuse of criminalization may mean that too much conduct is criminalized without necessity. Overuse of prosecution may present itself if too many violations of criminal offences are prosecuted, while in certain individual cases or specific categories of cases it would be more effective, fairer, more efficient or otherwise desirable to refrain from prosecution and/or to apply alternative means, such as negotiating justice or administrative fines. Finally, the criminal justice system can be overused through the application and execution of too many or too severe prison sentences.

All these forms of overuse are discussed in this volume. It contains one introductory chapter, seven thematic chapters and sixteen chapters on individual countries around the world. Themes discussed in these chapters are, among others, the principle that criminal law is and must be regarded as a so-called ultima ratio or ultimum remedium, the relevant human rights framework, worldwide statistics, and legal and practical restraints as well as possibilities to solve overuse.

Containing an extensive collection of expert knowledge, this volume intends to expose legal possibilities, good practices and the many challenges that lie ahead when attempting to prevent overuse in the criminal justice system.

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International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation

The International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation (IPPF) has a long history and can trace its roots back to 1872. It aims to promote studies in the field of the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders, especially by scientific research, publications, teaching and international colloquiums. The IPPF’s members are from around the world, are recognized experts in penal and penitentiary matters, and are either high judges, high officials of the prison system, or university professors. Recent publications of the IPPF regard, e.g., Prison policy and prisoners’ rights, Minorities and cultural diversity in prison, and the Implementation of prison sentences and aspects of security.

Les activités de la FIPP La Fondation internationale pénale et pénitentiaire (FIPP) est une institution vénérable dont les origines remontent à 1872. Elle vise à promouvoir les études dans le domaine de la prévention de la criminalité et le traitement des délinquants, plus particulièrement en menant des recherches scientifiques, en éditant des publications, des cours et par l’organisation de colloques internationaux. La FIPP compte des membres dans le monde entier, tous experts reconnus dans les matières pénale et pénitentiaire : hauts magistrats, hauts fonctionnaires du système pénitentiaire ou professeurs d’université. La FIPP a entre autres récemment publié Politiques pénitentiaires et droits des détenus, Minorités et diversité culturelle en prison, et L’exécution des sanctions privatives de liberté et les impératifs de la sécurité.

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