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23 How. J. Crim. Just. 1 (1984)

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The Howard joumal Vol 23 No 1. Feb 84


                           Editorial


This first issue of The HowardJournal of Criminal justice marks a new phase in
the distinguished history of the Howard Journal and the Howard League,
with which it has been closely associated for more than 60 years, since it was
launched in 1921 as the official organ of the newly formed Howard League
for Penal Reform. The new  title we have chosen is not intended to signify
any  sharp break with the past, but rather should be seen as a natural
progression from developments over the last ten years, during which our
predecessor as Editor, Professor Tony Bottoms, transformed the scope and
quality of theJournal, which from 1976 has appeared three times a year. The
explicit broadening of thejournal's title to reflect its concern with all major
aspects of the criminal process, penal policy and crime prevention, also
asserts the importance of an integrated approach to these issues. We hope
that in its new form the Journal will make a significant contribution to future
debates about criminal justice, just as it did to the rather different debates
about penal reform from the 1920s onwards. The particular foci of attention
may  not be quite the same, but the need for informed communication is at
least as great as at any time in the journal's history.
   It is intended that the journal will address matters of criminal justice
policy  from  a  range  of disciplinary perspectives and  professional
experience. The Editors will regard the clarity of the policy implications of
contributions as a criterion for their acceptability for publication. The links
between  criminaljustice research and criminal justice policy have not always
been articulated as fully as they might. Even more than in the past, we wish
to see the Journal as a vehicle for the establishment of these links. While the
journal retains close links with the Howard League, it should be made
absolutely clear that the League's policy will have no influence upon
Editorial decisions.
   The Journal will carry major articles devoted to theory, research, policy
and  practice in the field of criminal justice, from Britain and overseas. We
hope  that contributions will be forthcoming not only from academics and
researchers, but from practitioners, policy-makers and those with relevant
experience in the voluntary sector. The 'Penal Policy File' will continue to
record current developments related to British policy and practice and we
hope  in addition to carry occasional reports of policy developments in
countries  outside  the   United   Kingdom.   The Editors welcome
correspondence  from readers, either of a general kind about the content of
the Journal or drawing our attention to items that may have been overlooked
for possible inclusion in the 'Penal Policy File'. The  'Book Review'
section will continue to feature a large selection of books relevant to those
interested in criminal justice. The success of an enterprise of this kind


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