chapter  2
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Punitiveness and cultures of control

It is taken for granted that harsh criminal justice policies are resorted to because of increasing levels of public disorder and anti-social behaviour, rising crime rates and a general deterioration of the ‘moral framework’ of society. However, as this chapter will show, the decision to implement an increasingly harsh approach to justice by many governments across the globe has no clear correspondence either to public demands or to increasing crime rates.