Victims of crime in policy making: local governance, local responsibility?

Author(s)Hall, Matthew
Title Victims of crime in policy making: local governance, local responsibility?
Source The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, (2009), Vol 48, Issue 3, p267-279.
Date 2009
Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary This article discusses crime victim policy developed at a national and applied at a local level. Qualitative interviews were conducted with central criminal justice policy makers, and local legal practitioners, court staff and administrators. In England and Wales the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) and other justice agencies distribute central policies in local areas through local criminal justice boards (LCJBs). The article discusses the effects of nationally set targets including advantages, such as the early implementation of new policies and disadvantages such as the development of a blame culture. A key question explored in this research was the extent to which local agencies felt pressured into adopting ideas from the central agencies. The effectiveness of a multi-agency approach is discussed, as well as the concerns regarding local funding, which is needed to provide services at a local level. It is suggested that further research is needed in this area, particularly in regards to the extent government has given way to governance.
Keywords Victims rights; victims needs; courts; local criminal justice; central government policy
Topic Victims rights