‘Public protection’ is an umbrella term that refers to a range of activities by local authorities and other government agencies in the United Kingdom. Within the context of this book, however, the phrase relates solely to serious offending (that is, violent and sexual offences). A long-running topic within the criminal justice literature has been what the state’s response should be to those individuals who threaten serious harm to others. Current debates in criminology focus on security and the governance of criminal justice. Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), as their name suggests, are a part of this debate. This book explores MAPPA policy and practice in the UK, focusing on the current state of community risk management in England and Wales, highlighting previous research in this area, and setting out future directions for investigation. It also widens this debate with contributions that introduce ideas about risk management from Scotland, examines the form and function of discretion in the current system and reframes the debate on MAPPA and young people in terms of rights and risks.

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