The fundamental understanding of the concept of “state” and “society” leads one to appreciate various facets attached to it; being social in nature, the appreciation or entertainment of such facets can never be undermined. Crime, being one of such social facets (negatively), has always challenged the other intrinsic foundations of the state and its society. It is of common knowledge that in an institution of state, there are a number of elements which have different functionaries to perform; amongst these elements, there are evil elements too which no society or the corner of the world is free of and that is the phenomenon widely known as “crime”. State, therefore, being a welfare institution is also responsible to pay its attention towards prevention of its people and society from these evil activities in society.
It is for this purpose that the instrumentality of Criminal Justice System (hereinafter as CJS) emerged as an effective tool to strike at the very core of these adverse developments taking place in the society. This system not only bestows the deprived (victims of crime) with the hope of justice delivery but also conveys a message (of deterrence) to the rest of the society. In this manner, the very equilibrium of the welfare state is made out in its finest form. However, with the emerging forms of crimes in society, be it—traditional or non-traditional, technology based crimes etc., there is also a greater need to revisit the settled tools of CJS.
The idea of Criminal Justice Reforms (hereinafter as CJRs) furthers the settlement of concerns arising out of the CJS. It provides an opportunity to those working in area including policy makers, advocates, researchers and scholars etc. to delve in the changing needs of the society with respect to crime and its effects. It helps them to carry out the timely reforms and prevent the further destruction in this regard. The primary aim of the Centre for Criminal Justice Reforms also lies in the fact that it has been established to strive for the furtherance of justice and defeat the challenging wide arms of the continuously developing crime. The Centre, therefore, entails a number of initiatives to make stronger reforms in the area of CJS.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- To critically analyze the loopholes in CJS.
- To apply critical research methods to the loopholes and provide solutions therefore.
- To conduct empirical study in various area of CJRs.
- To address contemporary issues in CJS through a number of seminars, conferences, debates, colloquium etc.
- To also contribute towards the policy making with respect to CJRs in India and abroad.
Chairperson of CJRs : Ms Bhawna
Vice-chairperson of CJRs : Dr. Dharminder Patial