The perfect storm - a moment for decarceration

Hester, Richard (2012). The perfect storm - a moment for decarceration. Dialogue in Praxis: A Social Work International Journal, 1(1-2) pp. 27–39.



The metaphorical use of the term ‘perfect storm’ has been applied to the conditions that led to a decrease in the level of incarceration for children in England and Wales in the 1980s. The three main factors seen as contributing to this reduction were; the prevailing economic conditions that exposed the spiralling cost of incarceration, a pragmatic political administration that became receptive to professional bodies in criminal justice organisations with practice and research expertise, and a radical, organised set of practitioners, passionate about the abolition of custody as a response to criminal behaviour by children and young people.

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