Crime and punishment in the Republic of Ireland: A country profile

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Title: Crime and punishment in the Republic of Ireland: A country profile
Authors: O'Donnell, Ian
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6277
Date: Jan-2011
Abstract: The colonial origins of the Irish criminal justice system can be seen its buildings, laws, procedures, and practices. When change occurs it is often driven by events rather than emerging from a deliberative process that draws on evidence and expertise. The murders, in the space of a fortnight in 1996, of a journalist and a police officer, led to heightened anxiety about crime and its consequences. This was accompanied by a toughening of the political mood that was translated into a commitment to more police and more prisons. At around the same time, and continuing for a decade, the Republic of Ireland experienced rapid social change, including significant inward migration and greatly increased prosperity. These trends impacted on police, prosecutors, and courts and put new pressures on the prison population. How these challenges are addressed – especially in the context of declining economic resources – will determine the shape of the criminal justice system in the years ahead.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright (published version): 2011 School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
Keywords: Ireland;Criminal process;Punishment;Law and order politics
DOI: 10.1080/01924036.2011.535694
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Law Research Collection

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