By Trevor Dean
What's the distinction among a stabbing in a tavern in London and one in a hostelry within the South of France? What occurs while a spinster dwelling in Paris reveals knight in her bed room desirous to marry her? Why was once there a criminal offense wave following the Black dying? From Aberdeen to Cracow and from Stockholm to Sardinia, Trevor Dean levels broadly all through medieval Europe during this exiting and cutting edge heritage of lawlessness and felony justice. Drawing at the real-life tales of normal women and men who usually stumbled on themselves on the sharp finish of the legislations, he indicates the way it used to be usually one rule for the wealthy and one other for the bad in a tangled net of judicial corruption.
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Jacob 1977: 46–7) In roughly the same era, European princes began to think of public displays of punitive power as a useful way of symbolizing their political power (which was in reality still weak) and hence as useful for their centralizing project (Braithwaite 1999b: 1730; cf. Foucault 1977). As Barnett (1977: 285–6) puts it: ‘The king abandoned the composition system for the system of punishment because punishment struck terror in the hearts of the people, and this served to inspire awe for the power of the king and state’.
G. offenders, police officers, members of the community) – victims tend to be the least satisfied with it (Braithwaite 1999a: 20–6). Once more, however, the main problem with such ‘hard’ evidence is that, because of the complexity of the issue, it is nowhere near as conclusive as it is often claimed to be. Crucially, it is virtually impossible to disentangle the multitude of variables which together determine how satisfied people are with any social service. Victim satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the handling of their case is probably more affected by their perception of how helpful and efficient particular individuals and arrangements are, than it is by the model employed.
In some cases they broke down in tears. (Tendler 1997) 21 Restorative Justice: ideas, values, debates It is important to clarify how proponents of restorative justice attempt to support the claim that it outperforms punishment (and treatment) as a method of preventing reoffending. Apart from presenting anecdotes which illustrate spectacular successes, the most usual way is to offer statistical evidence from experimental studies, as in the quotation above. However, as Braithwaite (1999a) acknowledges, such evidence needs to be interpreted very carefully.