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Crime, State and Citizen

A Field Full of Folk

by David Faulkner, Foreword by Rod Morgan


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This Second Edition takes account of the ‘new politics’ of law and order and public safety in the UK and elsewhere in the wake of events in the USA on 11 September 2001 and London Bombings of 2005 – as well as considering developments affecting courts, policing, prisons and probation. Crime, State and Citizen had a considerable impact when first published in 2001. David Faulkner’s work comprises an unrivalled overview of criminal justice and penal affairs, including at its core an analysis of fundamental questions about how the actions of the state, police and other public services are to be balanced with the democratic rights and legitimate expectations of ordinary citizens. As Rod Morgan notes in a new Foreword, David Faulkner’s work contains ‘an unusually broad and penetrating analysis of criminal justice policy yoked to a deep, personal commitment to an ethical view of the proper role of the state and the rights of citizens’. Indeed, Crime, State and Citizen is a book of immense stature with its wide horizons yet penetrating detail: and resonates even more strongly five years on in a new era of crime, punishment, sentencing, policing, prison, probation, restorative justice and victim and offender-based issues. A classic work worthy of its place in any library.


‘The best book I have ever read on Criminal Justice’: Justice Of The Peace (Review of the First Edition)

‘There have sadly been all too few substantive volumes on [criminal justice], and certainly none to match the breadth and depth of Faulkner’s contribution. As a result, this volume is a ‘must read’ not only for students and scholars of criminal justice but also for the community of practioners who work within it too. The Foreword to this second edition by Rod Morgan, whose wisdom and leadership at the Youth Justice Board will now be sadly missed following his resignation (in the thick of the storm that has recently been brewing round the Home Secretary and his department), amply underlines the significance of David Faulkner’s analysis of contempory criminal justice: “An unusually broad and penetrating analsis of criminal justice policy yoked to a deep, personal commitment to an ethical view of the proper role of the state and the rights of citizens”. A measured analysis that will command respect and recognition whatever the idealogical predisposition of the reader. Written in the engagingly personal style that is the hallmark of one who understands deeply the importance that criminal justice processes should reflect and be embedded in, not isolated from, the value base of a decent and caring society … This is a text that, were it to be sitting invitingly at the top of the next Home Secretary’s in-tray, could just be the catalyst for the fresh start that seems increasingly to be needed’: John Raine, Vista


David Faulkner is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford Centre for Criminological Research. He is a former Deputy Secretary at the UK Home Office where he worked alongside seven Home Secretaries and was at times in charge of that department’s police and prison-related responsibilities. Towards the end of the twentieth century he worked on the creation of the UK ‘s first statutory sentencing framework as well as ground-breaking ideas about multi-agency co-operation (the foundation for ‘partnership’) and served on various related international committees and delegations.
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Weight460 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 17 mm

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Rod Morgan


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