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Risk, Crime and Prudentialism Revisited

CRIME, RISK AND JUSTICE: THE POLITICS OF CRIME CONTROL IN LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES, K Stenson and R Sullivan, eds., Willan: London, pp. 89-103, 2000

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09-122

16 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2009  

Pat O'Malley

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: October, 21 2009

Abstract

This paper assesses progress in the ways in which risk has been built into the nature and -prominence of crime prevention programs in the English speaking world. Most commentaries on this process are pessimistic, and regard the rise of risk as inimical to correctionalism and a therapeutic penology. This paper argues that recent developments such as drug harm minimisation, and developmental crime prevention, represent significant sites in which more positive 'social' agendas are being re-inserted into criminal justice in the era of a culture of control.

Keywords: risk, crime prevention, justice, neo-liberalism, prudentialism

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30

Suggested Citation

O'Malley, Pat, Risk, Crime and Prudentialism Revisited (October, 21 2009). CRIME, RISK AND JUSTICE: THE POLITICS OF CRIME CONTROL IN LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES, K Stenson and R Sullivan, eds., Willan: London, pp. 89-103, 2000; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09-122. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492477

Pat O'Malley (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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