Victims, Citizens and the Potential for Justice
Chapter 4: Mapping institutional discourse about justice
This chapter explores institutional and legal orientations to the victim in criminal justice, and to the idea of justice itself through the office of the public prosecutor. The discussion looks back to identify some key conceptual transitions in the evolution of criminal law and justice, pauses on present-day realities, and looks forward to touch on future possibilities. Lay people and professionals in the Justice Study are thus situated in a specific socio-historical context. Interviews with Australian and English prosecutors are analysed as a single narrative to outline core organizing concepts in criminal justice. The concepts are routinized in a manner that emphasizes prosecution benevolence and universality while hiding the power they exercise through discretionary decision-making.
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