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What is happening in criminal policy

In the modem world the reaction against crime must take into account not only traditional criminal justice, but also the larger aspect of prevention. « Criminal policy » is searching for new « strategies » in the two areas. The solutions are not evident, due to the increase and the changes in criminality, the time lag between Law and social reality, the inadequate adjustment of the criminal justice agencies (police, courts, prisons) and the deficiencies in crime prevention.

Divided between the desire for efficiency and the democratic ethic, the choice of a criminal policy is not always clear and as a result the confidence of the population in the government is weakened. The authorities are now aware of the problem. In Europe as well as in the United States, new trends are now appearing which lean toward making criminal justice more efficient, particularly by upgrading the idea of sentencing, as well as integrating the policy of prevention of crime and violence in the general policies of government.


Référence électonique : Robert SCHMELCK, "What is happening in criminal policy", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°16, 16 - La justice, p.79-88 . Consulté le 2022-08-18 00:55:37 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/What-is-happening-in-criminal.html