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Procedural Justice and Professional Policing in Times of Austerity

NCJ Number
Criminology & Criminal Justice Volume: 13 Issue: 2 Dated: April 2013 Pages: 181-197
Mike Hough
Date Published
April 2013
17 pages
This article examines some of the obstacles to the adoption of principles of procedural justice.
This article draws on a study of differential treatment of young people in the youth justice system to present a typology of styles of policing that contrasts procedural justice with adversarial policing. It considers the factors that can trap police in adversarial styles of policing and offers suggestions about how best to move towards policing grounded on principles of procedural justice. It argues that ideas about procedural justice may be able to gain more traction in times of austerity, given that changing policing style does not necessarily incur significant costs. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.