Law and order, who needs it?
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Law and order are fundamental to our society. We can have law, and a lot of disorder; we can have a great deal of order, but considerable lawlessness; and law does not necessarily equate with justice. The criminal justice system is not the major player in ensuring that we have a safe society in which justice is maximised, and disorder minimised. The criminal justice system (and its component parts) is one player, but there are many other players, and what I want to stress is that inter-sectoral work is the key to understanding crime and justice and preventing criminality.
Speech presented at the University of South Australia, School of Social Work and Social Policy Forum, June 3 1996, by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology. Made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/