Essay Questions

Prepare for exams and future essays with the questions below that align with key concepts discussed in the chapter. Try timing yourself as you write to practise in a mock exam environment. Create mindmaps of key themes, quotes and arguments you could include in an answer to use as a revision tool.

  1. Critically assess the evidence for increasing punitiveness since 1993
  2. Were the 1960s good or bad for criminal justice?
  3. What were the key factors that led to the abolition of the death penalty?
  4. Discuss the significance of austerity for criminal justice since 2008.
  5. How similar were the Conservative administrations of 1979–1997 and the Labour administrations of 1997–2010 in their approach to criminal justice?