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The criminal justice system in Wales: On the jagged edge

Jones, Robert and Wyn Jones, Richard ORCID: 2022. The criminal justice system in Wales: On the jagged edge. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

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The Welsh criminal justice system is unique. While Wales has been self-governed for nearly twenty-five years, the country lacks the equivalent of Scotland or Northern Ireland’s independent judiciaries and justice systems. Yet the extensive responsibilities of Wales’s own institutions ensure that they necessarily play a significant role in criminal justice. As a result, the Welsh criminal justice system operates across a ‘jagged edge’ of devolved and reserved powers and responsibilities. This book provides the first academic account of this system. It demonstrates not only that Wales has some of the worst criminal justice outcomes in western Europe, but that even if the will existed to address these problems, the current constitutional underpinnings of the Welsh criminal justice system would make it nigh-on impossible. Based on official data and in-depth interviews, this is an urgent and challenging book, required reading for anyone interested in Welsh politics and society.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Law
Wales Governance Centre (WGCES)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISBN: 9781786839435
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 13:33

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