Revitalizing Criminological Theory: Towards a New Ultra-Realism. By Steve Hall and Simon Winlow (Routledge, 2015, 154pp. £26.99)

Revitalizing Criminological Theory: Towards a New Ultra-Realism. By Steve Hall and Simon Winlow... BOOK REVIEWS the discipline). Smith and Bond illustrate the importance of these matters when issues such as transnational criminality are considered. Other issues are covere-d introduc torily, including debates pertaining (in the United Kingdom) to the closure of the nationalized service in 2010 in favour of private-sector involvement. Such developments may have yielded savings to the public purse by way of getting rid of a financially loss- making organization. However, the authors successfully argue that such moves have the unintended consequences of affecting criminal investigation procedures (and then criminal justice) as the police seek to lessen their financial burdens (when confronted by the demands posed by austerity measures) by not seeking evidence or not taking the necessary steps to ensure that the evidence gathered is robust. Various international approaches to the thorny issue of retention of DNA are also discussed in this final chapter, illustrating on a limited comparative basis how very different approaches exist amongst more developed nations. Overall, this book is highly commended. The authors have successfully debunked the myths of forensic science, retaining a balance of argumentation, while giving a c - ontempo rary analysis of the interaction between forensic science and criminal justice. Smith and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The British Journal of Criminology Oxford University Press

Revitalizing Criminological Theory: Towards a New Ultra-Realism. By Steve Hall and Simon Winlow (Routledge, 2015, 154pp. £26.99)

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0007-0955
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BOOK REVIEWS the discipline). Smith and Bond illustrate the importance of these matters when issues such as transnational criminality are considered. Other issues are covere-d introduc torily, including debates pertaining (in the United Kingdom) to the closure of the nationalized service in 2010 in favour of private-sector involvement. Such developments may have yielded savings to the public purse by way of getting rid of a financially loss- making organization. However, the authors successfully argue that such moves have the unintended consequences of affecting criminal investigation procedures (and then criminal justice) as the police seek to lessen their financial burdens (when confronted by the demands posed by austerity measures) by not seeking evidence or not taking the necessary steps to ensure that the evidence gathered is robust. Various international approaches to the thorny issue of retention of DNA are also discussed in this final chapter, illustrating on a limited comparative basis how very different approaches exist amongst more developed nations. Overall, this book is highly commended. The authors have successfully debunked the myths of forensic science, retaining a balance of argumentation, while giving a c - ontempo rary analysis of the interaction between forensic science and criminal justice. Smith and

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Published: Sep 1, 2017

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