Card Set Information
Penal Politics nicole
shift in consensus in CJ politics
post War -insulated from pol debate - bipartisan consensus
Thatcher Admin 1979 - breakdown in consensus
capitalised widespread fear of ungovernability
tough measures with neoliberal pragmatism
1997 UK General Election
Labour shifts to New Right politics
"tough on crime, tough of causes of crime"
Populist Punitiveness def
the pursuit of a set of penal policies to win votes rather than to reduce crime or promote justice
electorally advantageous sentiments based on media and public appeal
populist punitiveness feeds on
features of late modernity
breakdown of community values
weak social bonds
rise of individualism
sense of insecurity
= risk adverse society
Culture of Control
Political "acting out" - political reactions have become more pronounced
as the conditions of political speech have changed over time
eg tough on sentencing
disadvantages of "political acting out"
avoids realistic recongition of underlying problems
rhetoric prevents rehabiltiative measures
allows governmets to reinforce their legitimacy
Unjustice outcomes - populist punitiveness
sensationalist discussions in press resulted in many politicians damning boys "worthless!" "evil"
affecting law and order outcomes
rehab faced great public opposition
unjust outcomes - riots
gesutural, excessive penal politics
condemned by David Cameron "appalling behaviour"
"criminality pure and simple"
sentences typically 4x longer
resulted in 70% more receiving custodial sentences
dramatic punitive shift in sentencing