Special Issue on Changing Approaches to Authority and Power in Criminal Justice
7 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2011
Date Written: October 14, 2011
In present-day society various developments with regard to criminal justice systems occur at different levels. In the Dutch criminal justice system there are the manifestations of the risk society with its ideology of controlling (perceived and present) risks and dangers. Persons, cells and/or groups who have their own ideas about society or religion react against citizens, institutions, the administration and/or society as such. They commit crimes or carry out attacks with sometimes disastrous consequences. Apart from that, technological developments facilitate new forms of criminality for these persons, cells and/or groups as well as more or less ordinary criminals. New risks and dangers emerge. Politicians demand new, more severe criminal law legislation. However, the same technological developments allow investigating authorities to employ new methods and powers for the investigation of crime. This can result in an infringement of the fundamental rights of individuals.
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