PDF - Crime policy in Europe (2005)
Dealing with criminal policy in the Member States of the Council of Europe, this book concentrates on examples of promising practices in specific countries which could be encouraging to other countries, while being aware that the transfer of such promising practices has always to take into consideration the cultural and legal background of national systems. Moreover, the exercise needs further evaluative research. However, the examples presented in this volume deserve attention insofar as they demonstrate that under certain circumstances crime policy may have an encouraging impact and projects can be successfully implemented with respect to criminal political law reforms.The examples of "good practices" in the present book are presented under the four headlines of : crime prevention (Chapters 1-3), mediation and other community sanctions (Chapters 4-10), the prison system (Chapters 11-12) and criminal procedure (Chapter 13). Most of the authors are members of the Criminological Scientific Council of the Council of Europe (CSC). Others have been asked by the CSC to contribute to the book as they are important researchers in their countries.
I. Crime prevention
1. Aspects of "good practice" in the criminal justice system
2. Long-term effects of heroine prescription on patients' offending behaviour
3. The Austrian Protection against Domestic Violence Act 1996
II. Mediation and other community sanctions
4. The impact of the Council of Europe Recommendation No. R (99) 19 on "Mediation in Penal Matters"
5. Victim-offender mediation with serious offences
6. Community service, civic dialogue: Community service as a means of restoring civic dialogue after offending
7. The Czech Republic's path from correction to alternatives
8. Imprisonment for non-payment of fines in Sweden
9. Reducing the population of fine defaulters in prisons: experiences with community service in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania/Germany
10. Reducing the prison population: long-term experiences from Finland
III. The prison system
11. Reducing tension and improving rehabilitation through opening the prisons: day leave and prison furloughs in Germany
12. Conditional release and the prevention of re-offending
IV. Criminal procedure
13. Treatment of persons co-operating with the justice agencies and witness protection: the Italian system and good practices
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