This compilation explores the scope of responsibilities undertaken by social workers in
the field of criminal law in India when dealing with clients who are either offenders or
victims of crime. It provides an in-depth understanding of the socio-structural, legal and
practical challenges faced by Indian criminal justice social workers.
The book encourages social work professionals and students to consider three major
areas: encouraging education and training in this subject; protecting the human rights of
offenders and victims of crime; and addressing mental illness within the criminal justice
system. It hopes to demystify social work in the area of criminal justice, particularly
because of the stigma attached to it, given the potentially coercive enforcement of
criminal law vis-
-vis the traditional ethos of social work being primarily about
`caring', `empathy' and `empowerment'.