Criminal law and class society

Mike Macnair reviews: Robert Reiner Crime: the mystery of the common-sense concept Polity, 2016, pp246, £15.99

There is a sense in which it is particularly appropriate to review Robert Reiner’s Crime this week, in spite of the fact that the book came out a year ago. This is because the book is largely about processes of ‘criminalisation’ and their limits: how some forms of conduct get to be ‘crimes’, while others, equally damaging to ‘victims’ or ‘society’, do not. And this week we can see working before our eyes one of the common dynamics of criminal justice systems, in the form of the high-profile of ‘acid throwing’ attacks.

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