We should care, and as someone said not long ago, we should “fight, fight, fight!” At the end of the day, no one else cares about the CJS except for those who work within it, and recognise the cliff edge that it is hurtling towards.
Politicians are determined to push it over that edge, practitioners can still help save it if we regain the lost momentum
In the last two days I have blogged/ranted/whined about the state of the criminal justice system. The courts are hurtling towards ineptitude and injustice, the prison system teeters on the edge of disintegration.
Who cares? I hear you cry. Why should the public, press and politicians care?
Every citizen should care, every journalist should examine this scandal , every politician should do all they can to understand the problem because the criminal law and the courts are absolutely central to our society.
No civilisation has ever existed without rules. Those rules give structure and set the standards of the civilisation. To enforce those rules the civilisation creates a system of sanctions. Then the civilisation shows that it lives by its deeds as well as its words by ensuring the sanctions are never imposed unjustly.
This is the sort of model that we would look to export throughout the world. Our…
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