Courting Compassion: Victims, Policy, and the Question of Justice

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This article reviews the relative success and failure of 'rebalancing' the criminal justice system with the victim in mind. It suggests a number of reasons for the partial impact of this agenda and considers the extent to which the recourse to compassion in political and policy rhetoric reflects a deeply-embedded conceptual failure in respect of victim-oriented policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-121
Number of pages13
JournalThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Compassion
  • Policy implementation
  • Victims

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