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Justice as a Two-Way Street
Justice as a two-way street

At its most symbolic level justice is portrayed, in a classical sculptured form, as a woman holding the scales of justice in one hand and the sword of truth in the other. She is often blindfolded to signify the impartiality of justice, which is ‘balanced’ and equally applied to all, irrespective of place, gender, sexual preference, age, (dis)ability ethnicity, ‘race’, religious belief, wealth or status. But this abstraction becomes problematic when it is applied in the ‘real world’ of twenty-first century Britain.1 This chapter will raise questions about the diverse experiences of criminal justice for a range of groups – the advantaged and the disadvantaged; the successful and the vulnerable; old and young; men and women; ...

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