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Demystifying Criminal Justice Social Work in India

Demystifying Criminal Justice Social Work in India

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Mark David Chong - Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University, Australia
  • Abraham P. Francis - Associate Professor, College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University, Australia.

March 2017 | 348 pages | SAGE India

This book addresses a gap in the academic and professional literature in the area of criminal justice social work.  

This compilation explores the scope of responsibilities undertaken by social workers in the field of criminal law in India when dealing with clients who are either offenders or victims of crime. It provides an in-depth understanding of the socio-structural, legal and practical challenges faced by Indian criminal justice social workers.

The book encourages social work professionals and students to consider three major areas: encouraging education and training in this subject; protecting the human rights of offenders and victims of crime; and addressing mental illness within the criminal justice system. It hopes to demystify social work in the area of criminal justice, particularly because of the stigma attached to it, given the potentially coercive enforcement of criminal law alongside the traditional ethos of social work being primarily about ‘caring’, ‘empathy’ and ‘empowerment’.

R.R. Singh
Introduction: Demystifying Criminal Justice Social Work—Filling the Void
Vijay Raghavan and Sashwati Mishra
The Influence of Social Work within the Indian Criminal Justice System: A Critical Overview
K. Jaishankar and Amit Gopal Thakre
Explaining Criminal Behaviour
Mark David Chong, Jamie Fellows, Sonny Jose, Abraham P. Francis and Kelly-Ann Williams
The Prevalence of Mental Illness within the Indian Criminal Justice System
Ruchi Sinha
Police Social Work: Active Engagement with Law Enforcement
Ilango Ponnuswami, Sonny Jose and Praveen Varghese Thomas
Correctional Social Work in India
Roshni Nair and Vijay Raghavan
Reviving Criminal Justice Social Work through Probation in India: Historical Solutions to Contemporary Problems
K.P. Asha Mukundan
Social Work Intervention in Juvenile Justice
Pravin S. Khandpasole, Jyoti P. Khandpasole, Mark David Chong and Katherine Hoffensetz
Supporting and Assisting Victims of Crime: The Indian Scenario
Sanjai Bhatt, Atul Pratap Singh and Digvijoy Phukan
The State of Criminal Justice Social Work Education and Professional Training in India
Venkat Pulla, Mark David Chong, Abraham P. Francis and Margaret Henni
Human Rights in the Indian Criminal Justice System: Women and Children
Debarati Halder and K. Jaishankar
Cyber Crime Victims in India: Responsibilities, Reactions and Issues of Criminal Justice Social Workers
Conclusion: The Future of Criminal Justice Social Work—Reflections

The criminal justice system in the country is not in good health. Many undertrials remain lodged in jail for years awaiting their day in court. Then there is the general perception that the justice system fails rape survivors. In such a situation, a book like this would be of immense help in preparing aspiring social workers for the harsh realities they will encounter in the Indian criminal justice system.


The Telegraph, 7 July 2017

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ISBN: 9789386062475