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By Michael J. Prince

Incapacity exists within the shadows of public information and on the outer edge of coverage making. individuals with disabilities are, in lots of respects, lacking from the theories and practices of social rights, political participation, employment, and civic club. Absent electorate brings to mild those persistent deficiencies in Canadian society and emphasizes the consequences that those omissions have at the lives of electorate with disabilities.

Drawing jointly components from feminist reviews, political technological know-how, public management, sociology, and concrete stories, Michael J. Prince examines mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, public attitudes on incapacity, and policy-making strategies within the context of incapacity. Absent electorate additionally considers social activism and civic engagements through individuals with disabilities and incapacity group corporations, highlighting presence instead of absence and advocating either inquiry and motion to ameliorate the marginalization of a frequently disregarded section of the Canadian inhabitants.

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This statute, which was adopted as part of the 1908 Prison Law, stated that ‘police cells (ryu¯ chijo) could be used in lieu of prisons [that is, MOJ detention facilities, today known as ko¯ chisho]’. As is set out in Chapter 2, however, this step did not in itself yield the system of prolonged police detention as we see it today. Indeed, at the time, the principle of an un-convicted person’s rights was still not very well embedded into the Japanese criminal justice procedure, and, with no measures such as habeas corpus, there were few restrictions on the authority of the police.

They recognize that how they do something is as important as what they do. Knowing they are more than legal instruments, they accept the obligation of moral tutors to be upright in word and deed. (Bayley 1976: 144) It is from such ‘deep-seated attitudes towards [the] authority [of the police]’, held by both the public and the officers themselves, What Produces Policy Divergences? 15 that ‘[t]he lack of enthusiasm for abolishing the pre-charge detention system’ stems (Bayley 1976: 149). Moreover, for Bayley, the trust in the police is so high that ‘[a]rrest is tantamount to conviction’ (Bayley 1976: 149)—the layman would not envisage that a police officer would arrest an innocent man.

These sources include: Methodology 29 • Numerous semi-structured in-depth interviews, each lasting between one and three hours, with: MOJ, NPA, and To¯ kyo¯ Metropolitan Police officials; serving prosecutors and prosecutors from within the administration of the To¯ kyo¯ High Public Prosecutors Office; ex-judges and senior judges in active duty; former justice ministers, a shadow justice minister, and other legislators from the LDP, DPJ, and Social Democratic Party (SDP); a political secretary; lawyers and JFBA spokesmen; convicted inmates, including a death-row inmate with a record of a later contested police detention confession; rehabilitated convicts; a prison warden, a prison guard, and a prison nurse; academics; a media member; and representatives of professional and non-professional non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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