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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice (4th edn)

Andrew Sanders, Richard Young, and Mandy Burton
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date: 31 March 2023

3. Arrestlocked

3. Arrestlocked

  • Andrew Sanders, Andrew SandersProfessor of Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Birmingham
  • Richard YoungRichard YoungProfessor of Law and Policy Research, University of Bristol
  •  and Mandy BurtonMandy BurtonProfessor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Leicester


This chapter examines how far the police are, and should be, allowed to infringe the freedom of the individual through arrest. It considers the legal rules and their effectiveness in controlling the use of this power, and also looks at what reasons for arrest are lawful. The chapter shows that arrest is used for many purposes, some more legitimate than others.

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