Women and the Provision of Criminal Justice Policy Advice: Lessons from England and Wales 1944-64’

Logan, Anne F. (2010) Women and the Provision of Criminal Justice Policy Advice: Lessons from England and Wales 1944-64’. British Journal of Criminology, 50 (6). pp. 1077-1093. ISSN 0007-0955. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azq040) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article provides an analysis of the role of the Advisory Council on the Treatment of Offenders in the provision of policy advice to the government in the years after the Second World War and highlights the role of its women members, who mainly owed their appointment as advisors to their expertise gained in the voluntary role of Justice of the Peace. The article first contrasts the voluntary workers’ supposedly ‘amateur’ status with the mainly ‘professional’ credentials of the Council's other members and the relevance of the conventional distinctions made between the two types of experience is questioned. There follows an evaluation of the Council's impact on criminal justice policy in the period 1944–64. The article concludes that the clearest case for the Council's effectiveness can be made with regard to its early years but that the replacement of ‘amateur’ policy advice by criminological research in the post-1945 era was by no means a sudden process, and certainly not one that was completed by the 1960s. It suggests that in the light of the formation of Britain's first peace-time coalition government in nearly 80 years, the time might be ripe for a reconsideration of the role of voluntary sector representatives in the provision of policy advice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: criminal justice policy post 1945, voluntarism, gender and professionalization, justices of the peace, politics of law and order
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Criminology
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 10:36 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 11:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34464 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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