CRIME AND DEVIANCE APRIL 2011 Undercover policing

APRIL 2011
Undercover policing
Police infiltrated a group of environmental activists in order to protect a power station. The
subsequent prosecution was compromised as a result, not least when the police officer agreed to
testify for the defence.
Is undercover work justifiable?
Does it undermine public confidence?
State crime – human rights
the US vs China – discussions on human rights centre around home stability vs criticism from
Who should police globally?
Is it the pot calling the kettle black?
Cross-cultural norms
The death penalty for homosexuality may be dropped from anti-gay legislation in Uganda as a
result of pressure. NB most stories focused on the death penalty for gays, rather than the specifics
of active homosexuals living with HIV and same-sex rape.
What influence does the media have on public policy?
Is deviant and criminal behaviour the same everywhere?