Justice is one of the most debated and reinterpreted of concepts within the fields of law, criminology and criminal justice. Bringing together 35 leading thinkers, analysts and campaigners from around the world, this collection presents a range of on-going struggles for justice from abolitionist, transitional, transformative, indigenous, green and restorative perspectives.

Against a background of contemporary concerns about dark money, plutocracies and populism, these chapters raise questions about  the relationships between social justice and criminal justice and between democracy, knowledge and justice. Overall, the chapters also demonstrate the breadth, variety and vibrancy of contemporary criminology and include, amongst other cutting-edge contributions, chapters by John Braithwaite, Michelle Brown, Ian Loader, Pat O’Malley, Joe Sim, Susanne Karstedt, Phil Scraton, Richard Sparks, Loïc Wacquant and Sandra Walklate.

Justice Alternatives is essential reading for students of criminology, criminal justice and law, as well as for other scholars and activists concerned about social justice, policing, courts, imprisonment, mass supervision, rights and privatized justice. The book’s emphasis upon the importance of imagination, experimentation, innovation and debate aims to  promote an optimism that there are always alternatives to inequality, domination and oppression.


part 1|2 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

Justice alternatives

Imagine, experiment, debate

chapter 3|15 pages

What price justice?

The failures of the left and the political economy of the future

chapter 4|18 pages

Green justice

chapter 5|13 pages

Justice without crime and punishment?

Security, harm and compensation in a neoliberal world

chapter 7|15 pages

Resisting mass supervision

Reform and abolition

part 2|2 pages


chapter 8|16 pages

Democratic experimentalism and the futures of crime control

Resources of hope for demotic times

chapter 9|14 pages

The Hillsborough Independent Panel and the UK state

An alternative route to ‘truth’, ‘apology’ and ‘justice’

chapter 10|9 pages

Legal mobilization, rights and social change in Brazil

Reasons for optimism

chapter 11|14 pages

Roads to freedom?

Indigenous mobility and settler law in Central Australia 1

chapter 13|14 pages

Living in La La Land

‘Snowflakes’, social change and alternative responses to sexual assault

chapter 14|18 pages

Communicating justice

Alternative judicial approaches

part 3|2 pages


chapter 17|14 pages

Challenging the desecration of the human spirit

An alternative criminological perspective on safety and self-inflicted deaths in prison

chapter 18|19 pages

Pathways to justice

Indigenous democracy and the Uluru Statement from the Heart

chapter 19|20 pages

Inequality and punishment

Insights from Latin America

chapter 20|16 pages

The other prices of privatised justice

Marketing prison alternatives

chapter 21|15 pages

Justice for rape complainants

Limitations and possibilities

chapter 22|19 pages

Alternative approaches to criminal records

How can we achieve justice as fairness?

chapter 24|14 pages

Youth in transition or young people in the community?

Alternative conceptions of the relevance of age in shaping responses to young people in trouble with the law