Critical Criminological Perspectives

Rights and Wrongs

Rethinking the Foundations of Criminal Justice

Authors: Heffernan, William

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  • Asks: is criminal justice a genuine component of justice?  
    Offers an accessible, integrated approach to exploring issues in criminal justice theory
    Provides a framework for assessing the state’s performance in investigating charges of wrongdoing and in imposing punishment 

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This book seeks to explain why the concept of justice is critical to the study of criminal justice. Heffernan makes such a case by treating state-sponsored punishment as the defining feature of criminal justice. In particular, this work accounts for the state’s role as a surrogate for victims of wrongdoing, and so makes it possible to integrate victimology scholarship into its justice-based framework. In arguing that punishment may be imposed only for wrongdoing, the book proposes a criterion for repudiating the legal paternalism that informs drug-possession laws.

Rethinking the Foundations of Criminal Justice outlines steps for taming the state’s power to punish offenders; in particular, it draws on restorative justice research to outline possibilities for a penology that emphasizes offenders’ humanity. Through its examination of equality issues, the book integrates recent work on the social justice/criminal justice connection into the scholarly literature on punishment, and so will particularly appeal to those interested in criminal justice theory.   


About the authors

William Heffernan is Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  He is an editor of Criminal Justice Ethics, a publication of John Jay’s Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics.  His books include Privacy And The American Constitution: New Rights Through Interpretation Of An Old Text (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and his articles on constitutional privacy protection have appeared in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Georgetown Law Journal, Wisconsin Law Review, and Notre Dame Law Review.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rights and Wrongs
Book Subtitle
Rethinking the Foundations of Criminal Justice
Authors
Series Title
Critical Criminological Perspectives
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12782-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12782-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12781-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 149
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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