Delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice

Commonwealth Developments and Experience

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“Decriminalisation” will be used here in its most limited sense, that is, the legislative process of making acts lawful that were previously sanctioned by the criminal law. After repeal of the crime, the behaviour in question is left free of legal control and apparently also of any other organised social reaction. This contrasts with depenalisation, discussed in the following chapter along with diversion, where the criminal sanction is abandoned, but the conduct in question is then controlled by means of some other legal sanction.


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