The criminal justice system, overseen by the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General’s Office, is intended to cut crime, protect the public and punish offenders.

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Under the current constitution and structure of government, there can be no single ‘owner’ of the criminal justice system.  The system is complex, responsibilities cross different departments and involve a wide range of delivery partners, and it involves a wide range of activities and objectives.

This ‘Landscape Review’ is aimed at providing an overview of recent criminal justice performance and practice. Our findings are based on the evidence that we have collected in the course of recent value for money studies, and also on the wealth of documentary evidence in the public domain. Our aim is to inform the debate on future developments in the criminal justice system and especially on how the government can achieve better services for less expenditure.


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