Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2345112
 


 



We Get the Crime We Deserve: Exploring the Disconnect in ‘Law and Order’ Politics


Rick Sarre


University of South Australia - School of Law

October 25, 2013


Abstract:     
Every dollar that Australian governments spend on keeping people in the criminal justice system is potentially a dollar that could have been spent on initiatives that have been shown to stem the flow of potential offenders and re-offenders. These initiatives include employment incentives, community capacity-building, drug treatments, post-release services, therapeutic courts and intervention for ‘at risk’ individuals and their families. Intriguingly, governments do spend significant amounts of money on these sorts of programs, but they seem reluctant to advertise the fact that they are assisting those whom many would class as ‘the undeserving’. This is an odd and expensive political disconnect. This paper explores a number of fallacies that persist in popular thinking that have the effect of widening this disconnect. It offers a number of paths forward for justice policy-makers and social planners in order to address the malaise.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

Keywords: social policy, fear of crime, politicians and crime

working papers series


Download This Paper

Date posted: November 2, 2013  

Suggested Citation

Sarre, Rick, We Get the Crime We Deserve: Exploring the Disconnect in ‘Law and Order’ Politics (October 25, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2345112 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2345112

Contact Information

Rick Sarre (Contact Author)
University of South Australia - School of Law ( email )
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001
Australia
83020889 (Phone)
83027128 (Fax)
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 51
Downloads: 6

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo2 in 0.250 seconds