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How the state 'deals with' crime and criminality is a major issue for all students of criminology and criminal justice. This book offers a fresh perspective on the policy making process in the criminal justice system offering a detailed overview of both the theory behind it and how it plays out in practise with contemporary policy examples. Key features include:a detailed analysis of the basic political concepts surrounding the relationship between the citizen and the state,an overview of the state departments, organizations and individuals who are instrumental in creating and influencing policy,an analysis of how criminal justice policy is interpreted and implemented on the street,a range of discussion points and suggested further readings.This text is perfect for the undergraduate taking modules in criminology, criminal justice and social and public policy as well as students taking courses on policing, probation and the voluntary sector.