Science cannot fix this: the limitations of evidence-based practice
Source: Contemporary Justice Review, Volume 15, Number 3, 1 September 2012 , pp. 265-275(11)
Abstract:The use of evidence-based practice as a guide for correctional investment is widely lauded as a positive shift away from punitive approaches to criminal justice. The value-neutral language of science, however, supplants a more fundamental and necessary dialog about core principles of our justice system. We raise concern that the discourse of evidence-based practice serves to avoid accountability for the dominant correctional regime which remains overwhelmingly invested in the imposition of punishment. Furthermore, evidence-based practice privileges academic expertise and de-legitimizes the knowledge base within affected communities stifling grassroots innovation and creativity.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-09-01