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From Counter-terrorism to Criminal Justice: Transformation or Business as Usual?

NCJ Number
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Volume: 51 Issue: 5 Dated: December 2012 Pages: 442-457
Mike Tomlinson
Date Published
December 2012
16 pages
This article reviewed progress on the reconstruction of Northern Ireland's criminal justice institutions in the period following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.
The article explores the extent to which criminal justice in Northern Ireland has been reconstructed over the past 15 years. The focus is on the framework provided in the Good Friday Agreement (1998) and the range of transition processes that followed. Post-Agreement Inquiries are reviewed and the findings demonstrate the institutional rigidities facing the transformation of criminal justice. While the ideologies and practices of counter-terrorism no longer dominate the business of criminal justice, the extent of change in terms of social representativeness, scale and expenditure is variable, with the prison service proving the least changed. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.