Costing justice

Walker, Andrew (2012) Costing justice. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Under the austerity measures announced by the coalition Government in 2010, the Ministry of Justice is required to reduce spending by 23% before April 2015 whilst still ensuring that an already over stretched criminal justice system remains fit for purpose. Therefore, the aim of this study is to identify if the use of restorative justice can make efficiency savings for the Ministry of Justice. In order to achieve this aim this study will look at the basic principles of RJ in order to draw attention to the opposing arguments for and against its use within the CJS. It will review the costs incurred by the Ministry of Justice in delivering traditional justice in England and Wales. The study will review the findings of existing work into the RJ programmes in an attempt to identify the costs involved in delivering RJ before drawing comparisons with the cost of delivering traditional justice with the costs of delivering RJ programmes.
    Using a restorative approach to dealing with crime is unlikely to present any efficiency savings for the Ministry of Justice unless there is a real change in emphasis on how it is used within the criminal justice system. This is because within the criminal justice system all offences are dealt with in some form by the traditional justice processes before having any chance of being referred to a restorative justice approach. This means that any restorative justice costs are in addition to the costs incurred by the traditional forms of justice and therefore no efficiency savings would be realised. However, the analysis of the figures in this study shows that restorative justice has a real potential to make significant savings for the Ministry of Justice and wider society if an agreement can be reached on how restorative justice could be used as an alternative to the more traditional forms of justice.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2012 16:04
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:11

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