Crime & Consequence – what should happen to people who commit criminal offences? is a collection of essays and creative reflections on an important question in our society. Contributors offer their lived and professional experience of the criminal justice system to offer answers which get to the heart of the matter. They explore how best to ensure that societal responses to crime tackles the causes and consequences. They made a strong case for investment in alternatives to prison and in a range of interventions and approaches which may better solve some of the underlying issues. Above all this collection invites the reader to think about the question and to consider their own role in being part of the answer.
The book includes: a foreword from Michael Spurr, formerly Chief Executive HM Prison and Probation Service, and contributions from academics, experiences practitioners from public and voluntary services from the UK, Spain and the USA and those who have committed crime and been through the system. Contributions cover a range of stages at which a person can have contact with the criminal justice system including point of arrest, community sentences and what does and should happen when people are sent to and released from prison. Reflections are shared on how we might better address specific types of crimes or treat different groups of people who commit them.
This collection is the third in a series of books curated by The Monument Fellowship; eight organisations funded by The Monument Trust to work together to make a sustained, cumulative and transformative change to the journey of individuals through our justice system. The members of the fellowship are: The Centre for Justice Innovations, Clinks, the Diagrama Foundation UK, Khulisa UK, Koestler Arts, Lemos and Crane: The Good Prison, The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and Restorative Solutions CIC.
The book was edited by Anne Fox, Chief Executive Officer of Clinks, and Alison Frater, Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance.