Irish Penal Reform Trust, Barnardos & Irish Association of Young People in Care. (2010). https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/824
Crime cannot be viewed as a social problem in isolation
from deeper social and economic issues. Understanding
and responding to offending behaviour is a complex
issue. There is no one ‘cause’ and no single solution;
consequently one-dimensional approaches are unlikely
to produce results.
Currently, the Irish criminal justice system is spending
increasing and wasteful amounts of scarce resources
with poor results in reducing crime, when modest
investments in under-resourced communities would
have greater positive effects in reducing offending, as
well as producing wider social benefifits.
In this policy document, IPRT, Barnardos and IAYPIC
present the case for making the shift in resources from
criminal justice to social justice, thereby creating better
communities and a safer society for all.
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