Criminal and Social Justice provides an important insight into the relationship between social inequality, crime, and criminalization. In this accessible and innovative account, Dee Cook examines the nature of the relationship between criminal and social justice - both in theory and in practice. Current social, economic, political, and cultural considerations are brought to bear, and contemporary examples are used throughout to help the student to consider this relationship.

Justice as a Two-Way Street

Justice as a two-way street

Introduction

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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