The role of social innovation in criminal justice reform and the risk posed by proposed reforms in England and Wales                

 
Author(s)Fox, Chris and Robert Grimm
Title The role of social innovation in criminal justice reform and the risk posed by proposed reforms in England and Wales
Source Criminology and Criminal Justice, Published online before print 27 November 2013, pp 1-20
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Summary This article explores the concept of social innovation and its application to the criminal justice system. Social innovation broadly means using new concepts and partnerships to improve efficiency on the one hand and meeting social needs on the other. The most common example of social innovation in the criminal justice system is restorative justice. A feature of many social innovations is the innovative use of new technology and social media. The justice reinvestment movement illustrates the use of technology to provide 'justice mapping'. Social innovations can be a response to social needs and in the criminal justice system this could be in terms of the harm that those who re-offend cause or it may be the complexity of offenders' needs. A common characteristic of social innovation is that change agents are located in local communities, or if in large organisations, at the service delivery level. Governments implementing social innovation need to be aware of the risks as innovation is based on trial and error and be prepared to learn from failed criminal justice initiatives as from successful ones.
Keywords Criminal justice policy; social impact; market testing; social innovation; initiatives
Topic

Criminal justice system