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Demystifying Criminal Justice Social Work in India

by Mark Chong and Abraham Francis SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Hbk 348 pages
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This book addresses the relative lack of academic and professional literature in the area of criminal justice social work.

This compilation explores the scope of responsibilities undertaken by social workers in the field of criminal law in India when dealing with clients who are either offenders or victims of crime. It provides an in-depth understanding of the socio-structural, legal and practical challenges faced by Indian criminal justice social workers.

The book encourages social work professionals and students to consider three major areas: encouraging education and training in this subject; protecting the human rights of offenders and victims of crime; and addressing mental illness within the criminal justice system. It hopes to demystify social work in the area of criminal justice, particularly because of the stigma attached to it, given the potentially coercive enforcement of criminal law vis-à-vis the traditional ethos of social work being primarily about ‘caring’, ‘empathy’ and ‘empowerment’.

Introduction: Demystifying Criminal Justice Social Work—Filling the Void
The Influence of Social Work within the Indian Criminal Justice System: A Critical Overview - Vijay Raghavan and Sashwati Mishra
Explaining Criminal Behaviour - K. Jaishankar and Amit Gopal Thakre
The Prevalence of Mental Illness within the Indian Criminal Justice System - Mark David Chong, Jamie Fellows, Sonny Jose, Abraham P. Francis and Kelly-Ann Williams
Police Social Work: Active Engagement with Law Enforcement - Ruchi Sinha
Correctional Social Work in India - Ilango Ponnuswami, Sonny Jose and Praveen Varghese Thomas
Reviving Criminal Justice Social Work through Probation in India: Historical Solutions to Contemporary Problems - Roshni Nair and Vijay Raghavan
Social Work Intervention in Juvenile Justice - K.P. Asha Mukundan
Supporting and Assisting Victims of Crime: The Indian Scenario - Pravin S. Khandpasole, Jyoti P. Khandpasole, Mark David Chong and Katherine Hoffensetz
The State of Criminal Justice Social Work Education and Professional Training in India - Sanjai Bhatt, Atul Pratap Singh and Digvijoy Phukan
Human Rights in the Indian Criminal Justice System: Women and Children - Venkat Pulla, Mark David Chong, Abraham P. Francis and Margaret Henni
Cyber Crime Victims in India: Responsibilities, Reactions and Issues of Criminal Justice Social Workers - Debarati Halder and K. Jaishankar
Conclusion: The Future of Criminal Justice Social Work—Reflections

The criminal justice system in the country is not in good health. Many undertrials remain lodged in jail for years awaiting their day in court. Then there is the general perception that the justice system fails rape survivors. In such a situation, a book like this would be of immense help in preparing aspiring social workers for the harsh realities they will encounter in the Indian criminal justice system.


Mark David Chong - a Senior Lecturer

Abraham P. Francis is a senior lecturer at the James Cook University in Australia with international exposure and extensive experience in community development and mental health. He taught social work at the Delhi University in India and also worked as a senior mental health social worker with the Country Health South Australia, before moving to Townsville to join the James Cook University. He held a stint in Queensland health as Assistant Director of Social work. Dr Francis is associated with many voluntary organisations, associations, professional bodies and developmental projects, both in Australia and India. Dr Francis has established international partnerships and research collaborations with universities and nongovernment organisations in Asia. He is the convener of the international consortium on strengths-based social work practice in mental health and has been the founding honorary director of the DePaul International Centre for Wellbeing, India. Dr Francis is passionate about working and researching in strengths-based practice in mental health. His other research interests are in the field of communities, criminal justice, international social work and gerontological social work. He can be contacted at color=blue>abraham.francis@