Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Journal Title

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Volume

15

Issue

3

First Page

300

Last Page

320

DOI

10.1177/1748895814553132

Abstract

A reconceptualization of the idea of “community justice” is framed in the logic of the social contract and emphasizes the responsibility of the justice system for the provision of public safety. First, we illustrate the ways in which the criminal justice system has hindered the efforts of community residents to participate in the production of public safety by disrupting informal social networks. Then we turn to an examination of the compositional dynamics of California prison populations over time to demonstrate that the American justice system has failed to meet their obligations to provide public safety by incapacitating dangerous offenders. We argue that these policy failures represent a breach of the social contract and advocate for more effective collaboration between communities and the formal criminal justice system so that all parties can fulfill their obligations under the contract.

Comments

Published version available through SAGE Journals at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1748895814553132

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