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Cheryl Allsop

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198747451.001.0001

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Politics and Morality in Major Crime Reviews

Politics and Morality in Major Crime Reviews

(p.165) 10 Politics and Morality in Major Crime Reviews
Cold Case Reviews

Cheryl Allsop

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the politics in relation to major crime reviews inherent in the everyday workings of the review team, evident in the decision making relevant to what is to be reviewed and where money and resources will be expended. What becomes apparent is that the decision making of the team, in deciding whether and how to progress individual cases, is a mixture of pragmatism combined with moral reasoning when deciding whether particular cold cases are worth pursuing. The foundations on which the case has been built for creating and continuing to invest in cold case reviews is reiterated, and consideration is given to how successful the cold case reviews are, and how this might impact on the future of the review team. Their apparently modest level of success is considered in relation to the morale of the team and how review officers justify their work to themselves.

Keywords:   pragmatism, morality, politics, morale, decision making, victim support, victims, rape, publicity, twenty-eight-day progress reviews

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