Bridging Economic and Legal Perspectives
Chapter 5: Principles versus pragmatism in law enforcement systems
AbstractCriminal justice systems are subject to multiple expectations from politicians and society, and for this reason, it is difficult to define cross-cutting efficiency criteria. A narrow efficiency concept, however, easily leads to partial solutions, where progress in one area comes at the cost of other law enforcement objectives. This chapter outlines an efficiency concept in which crime deterrence, fair process, and value for money are all treated as imperative factors, and trade-offs between these aims are addressed. The concept offers a useful perspective on criminal justice difficulties, including how organizations in the private and public sector should be held criminally liable for corruption, and taking into consideration the prosecutor’s position in relation to efficient law enforcement.
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