Experiences of Criminal Justice

Perspectives From Wales on a System in Crisis

Drawing on first-hand accounts of police officers, solicitors, barristers, prison workers, suspects, convicts and their families in South Wales, this book uncovers how austerity affects the everyday working of the criminal process.

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Austerity continues to impact the criminal justice process in England and Wales: police numbers are down, the Crown Prosecution Service is in disarray, legal aid has been reduced, courts are closing and magistrates are leaving.

Research into the criminal process usually focuses on England, however this book offers a rare insight into South Wales. Drawing on first-hand accounts of lawyers, police, suspects, and the convicted and their families, it uncovers how these affected individuals navigate the challenges caused by austerity, what has changed and what can be done to improve the system.

This book is a reliable and evocative account of the reality of criminal justice in Wales.

Daniel Newman is Senior Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University. He has previously published 'Legal Aid Lawyers and the Quest for Justice' (Hart) and 'Justice in a Time of Austerity' (Bristol University Press).

Roxanna Dehaghani is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University. She has previously published 'Vulnerability in Police Custody: police decision-making and the appropriate adult safeguard' (Routledge).

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