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Social Security as a Criminal Sanction

McKeever, Gráinne (2004) Social Security as a Criminal Sanction. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 26 (1). pp. 1-16. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01418030410001694378

DOI: 10.1080/01418030410001694378


This paper examines the difficulties with the use of social security as a criminal sanction. The problems are considered in the context of a specific example under the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000, which makes receipt of social security benefit conditional upon compliance with a community sentence. This concept of conditionality is inherent in the current social agenda designed to deal with claimants and offenders alike. However, the paper argues that in terms of punishment and deterrence, and benefit conditionality, the sanctions are counterproductive, since they create significant problems which ultimately undermine the objectives of the criminal justice and social security systems.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
ID Code:14755
Deposited By: Dr Grainne McKeever
Deposited On:12 Aug 2010 13:57
Last Modified:09 May 2016 11:03

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