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Homelessness and the bail decision


Travers, M, Homelessness and the bail decision, Problematic populations: past, present, future, 14-15 June 2018, University of Tasmania (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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As the welfare state contracts, the criminal justice system has an expanded role in providing problem populations with welfare services. A common approach in social policy research is to identify factors that cause offending, and campaign for resources that will address these social needs, and reduce crime. This paper considers the claims made in this literature critically, through analyzing data obtained from a mixed methods study of bail applications. Can one demonstrate that poor housing causes crime? Is there a simple policy solution? Statistically very few defendants are homeless, or are refused bail due to being homeless. Nevertheless, housing is a risk factor, arising from different types of situational offending, that can lead to a bail refusal. Most magistrates do not see themselves as social workers. In progressive courts, there are practical challenges in providing housing through the criminal justice system. Interpretive research, focusing on occupational perspectives and practitioners’ work, is helpful in understanding the problematic relationship between welfare and justice.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:criminal justice, bail
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Legal systems
Research Field:Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Legal processes
UTAS Author:Travers, M (Dr Max Travers)
ID Code:127348
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-07-23
Last Modified:2018-07-23
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